Listening for God

Good morning church family,

 

Welcome to my new blog! For some time I have been planning to start a weekly blog for the benefit of our congregation and those connected to KCC. The primary purpose of this blog is provide the Scriptural text for the Sunday sermon, as well as a few thoughts and questions to prayerfully consider before Sunday morning. Of course, I might color outside those lines from time to time and comment on other topics, current events and spiritual stirrings as well. The blog will be posted on our website at www.kwcc.org and included our weekly, KCC newsletter.

 

This Week’s Text: Matthew 28:16-20

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, that worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey what I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. 

 

This week, we begin with one of the most recognized passages in the New Testament, the Great Commission. Commission means an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people. It is no surprise that this scene plays out on a mountain top. It seems that when God wanted to say or do something BIG, it seemed to occur in the higher altitudes.

 

Let me draw out one observation to ponder. When Jesus appeared to the disciples on that mountain top by the Sea of Galilee, the passage says, “Some disciples worshipped him and others doubted.” Why do some of the disciples worship and others doubt or literally hesitate before Jesus? I think that the answer is tied up in the words that follow about authority.

 

The risen Christ appears to the disciples with a new kind of authority, “of heaven and earth,” an authority through which they are sent out into mission. Some of us bristle at the word authority, especially when someone claims power over us. Yet, embracing the authority of Jesus sets the stage for what is to come. If we do not submit and trust in the power of God, then we will never be able to fully embrace the calling and mission that God has for us.

 

Consider how you respond to Christ’s authority. Do you submit and worship as some did, or do you hesitate to trust. For what good is the great commission, if Jesus lacks the authority to send us out?

 

See you Sunday,

Chad Mattingly