MATTHEW 28 – THE NAME OF JESUS

« Then Jesus Came to them and Said, “All Authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me. » Matthew 28:18

In Matthew 28, The Lord Jesus told His disciples that All Power had been given to Him in Heaven and on earth. Indeed, through His Resurrection, The Lord Jesus Was Elevated to The Highest Place so that in His Name every knee bends in Heaven, on earth and under the earth.

» Therefore God exalted Him to The Highest Place and gave Him The Name that is above every name, that at The Name Of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ Is Lord, to The Glory Of God The Father. » Philippians 2:9-11

Do not underestimate The Power Of The Name Of Jesus. He Himself Said that He will Do all that we ask in His Name.

» And I will Do whatever you ask in My Name, so that The Father May Be Glorified in The Son. » John 14:13

In The Name Of Jesus, the demons are driven out, the sick are healed, the dead are resurrected. Let us not hesitate therefore to proclaim This Name with authority against demons and they will yield. But let us not forget that in order to benefit from This Name, we must believe in The Lord Jesus. Let us not be like the seven sons of Sceva that an evil spirit mistreated because they used The Name of The Lord Jesus without knowing Him personally.

» Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke The Name Of The Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In The Name Of The Jesus Whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. » Acts 19:13-16

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MATTHEW 28 – WHAT A GOOD NEWS !

“The Angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, Who Was Crucified. He Is not Here; He has Risen, just as He Said. Come and see the place where He Lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples: ‘He has Risen from the dead and Is Going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:6-7

The day after the Sabbath the two Mary went to The Lord Jesus’ Tomb. But to their surprise, they were welcomed by An Angel who told them that The Lord Jesus had Risen and told them to tell the news to the disciples.

What a Good News this must have been for the disciples. After The Lord Jesus’ Death, they were disoriented; They did not know if He Was really The Messiah or not. They were asking themselves questions. But after The Resurrection Of The Lord, they had the answer to their questions; They were able to regain joy.

What a good news also for all who put their hope in The Lord Jesus. He has Overcome death, He has Risen. In the same way, all who believe in Him will overcome death and will live in Him, through Him and for Him.

“Jesus Said to her, “I Am The Resurrection and The Life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”” John 11: 25-26

GENESIS 28 – GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

” There above it Stood The Lord, and He Said: “I Am The Lord, The God of your father Abraham and The God of Isaac. I will Give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I Am with you and will Watch over you wherever you go, and I will Bring you back to this land. I will not Leave you until I have done what I have Promised you.” Genesis 28:13-15

God made 3 Promises to Jacob in Genesis 28:

– God Promised to Give to Jacob the land on which he was lying to him and to his offspring
– God Promised Jacob descendants as numerous as the dust of the earth
– God Promised Jacob to Watch over him where he would go and Bring him back to the land He had Promised.

“I will not Leave you until I have Done what I have Promised you. Genesis 28:15

GOD IS FAITHFUL. What He Says, He Accomplishes it. He Keeps His Promises no matter how long it takes. We can lean on Him and be assured that He will Fulfill what He Promised. God Made many Promises to His children (born again Christians) in His Word and we must believe with certainty whatever He Says no matter what our situation is, because God Is not A Man to lie. And He can neither Deceive Himself nor Deceive us. So let’s keep faith, believe in The Faithfulness Of our God.

” God Is not Human, that He should Lie, not a human being, that He should Change His Mind.
Does He Speak and then not Act? Does He Promise and not Fulfill?” Numbers 23:19

PSALM 27 – LET US SEEK THE LORD’S FACE

“My heart says Of You, “Seek His Face!” Your Face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8

Like king David, we must seek The Face of The Lord. We must seek Him to find out what His Will for us is. Let us seek Him at all times and in all circumstances. Let us seek Him in the morning, let us seek Him in our moments of joy, in our moments of sadness, let us seek Him before making decisions. We must seek to live in accordance with His Will, His Commandments.

MATTHEW 27 – THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DEATH

” When Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that Jesus Was Condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed Innocent Blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.” Matthieu 27:3-5

In Matthew 27, Judas was seized with remorse because he delivered The Lord Jesus, handed Him over for thirty pieces of silver; so, he committed suicide. Judas had chosen to follow the path of the devil. Inspired by the evil one, he decided to betray The Lord Jesus to get money. This decision surely seemed attractive to him, considering the amount that it would bring him; But we see that in the end, this money was not useful to him and that he ended up hanging himself. So we notice that Judas succumbed to the devil’s temptation, the desire to get rich and this choice led him to his death.
We, too, are likely to be tempted by the devil. But when he tempts us, we must resist because if we choose the path of easy money, dishonesty, lies, injustice, fornication, adultery, etc. … we choose the way of the devil, and this path, even if it seems attractive in the short term, will lead us to death in the long run. When we choose the devil’s way, we take a step towards eternal fire.
Let us therefore pray constantly and ask The Lord for the strength, determination to follow His Commandments and not fall into the path of the devil.

MATTHEW 27 – SUFFERINGS THAT REVEAL THE GLORY OF GOD

” Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound Him, led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate the governor.” Matthew 27:1-2

Matthew 27 relates The Lord Jesus’s Sufferings from His Condemnation to His Death on the Cross. The chief priests and elders plotted against The Lord Jesus, as king David had prophesied.

” Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against The Lord and against His Anointed” Psalm 2:1-2

They thought they had won the victory. But they did not know that they were actually performing God’s Plan and that it was necessary that The Lord Jesus go through this stage before Being Glorified.

From this chapter we can learn some lessons to help us through difficult times.

1. Just as The Lord Jesus, we must learn to accept sufferings calmly. God knows why He allows every situation in our lives. Just as He knew why He had allowed The Death Of The Lord Jesus.
God usually allows sufferings so that we can draw closer to Him, His Will for us, so that we can grow spiritually. When we are suffering, we are usually more receptive to His Voice. So it is the ideal time to seek Him with all our heart, seek His Will through reading His Word and obey His Commandments.

” They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His Holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:10-11

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ Is Revealed.” 1 Peter 1:6-7

2. Our attitude during difficult times is important. It is important not to complain against God or to divert ouselves from Him during this period. But on the contrary, we must seek Him more.

“And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the Destroying Angel.” 1 Corinthians 10:10

3. As Simon of Cyrene helped The Lord Jesus to carry His Cross, God can send us people or create circumstances that will help us to withstand our trials, to overcome them.

“As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.” Matthew 27:32

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God Is Faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

4. Just as The Lord Jesus, it may happen that we fall into despair:

“About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in A Loud Voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”).” Matthew 27:46

But we must try to fight despair and keep faith, relying on God’s Faithfulness.

ACCEPT THE LORD JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR

Today, if you have not yet accepted The LORD JESUS as your LORD and SAVIOR, I will guide you so that you can accept HIM and invite HIM into your heart to receive The HOLY SPIRIT.

The LORD JESUS Said:

” Here I Am! I Stand at the door and Knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will Come in and Eat with that person, and they with ME.” Revelation 3:20

HE Stands at the door of your heart and Waits for you to invite HIM in. But before inviting HIM, you must first repent and believe in the Work He has Accomplished on the Cross and in His Resurrection.

1. Repent

“The time has come,” HE Said. “The Kingdom Of GOD has come near. Repent and believe The Good News!” Mark 1:15

With a sincere heart, you must confess your sins before GOD (e.g.
fornication, adultery, lies, dishonesty, theft, etc …), regret them and make the decision to turn away from these sins.

2. Believe in The Good News

“If you declare with your mouth, “JESUS Is LORD,” and believe in your heart that GOD Raised HIM from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10

You must declare with your mouth that JESUS Is LORD and believe in your heart that GOD Raised HIM from the dead.

“For CHRIST also suffered once for sins, The RIGHTEOUS for the unrighteous, to bring you to GOD. He Was Put to death in The Body but made Alive in The SPIRIT.” 1 Peter 3:18

” Surely HE Took up our pain and Bore our suffering, yet we considered HIM Punished by GOD, Stricken by HIM, and Afflicted.
But HE Was Pierced for our transgressions, HE Was Crushed for our iniquities; The Punishment that brought us Peace was on HIM, and by His Wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5

“This is My Blood of The Covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

You must believe that The LORD JESUS died on the cross for your sins.

3. Invite The LORD JESUS

” For, “Everyone who calls on The Name Of The LORD will be saved.” Romans 10:13

You must call on The Name Of The LORD, you must invite HIM to come into your heart. You have to do it with a sincere heart. You can use your own words or say this prayer aloud:

LORD JESUS,
I ask for Your Forgiveness for all my sins,
Today I renounce my sins and turn away from my evil ways,
Cleanse ME,
I believe that You are Dead on the Cross for my sins and that You Were Risen after three days,
I recognize You as my LORD and SAVIOR,
Come and rewrite my story,
On the basis of this prayer, I declare that I am saved,
For it is written that whoever calls on Your Name will be saved,
In JESUS’ Name,
AMEN!

“For GOD So Loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have Eternal Life. For GOD did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through HIM.” John 3:16-17