Jesus is risen and He is alive forevermore! We read that Jesus was alive as the disciples “mourned and wept” (Mark 16:10) not realizing what had happened. That is the condition of many “disciples” today also. They mourn and weep about many things not realizing what they have been given through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Are you mourning and weeping today? He has been raised and you have been raised with Him. Hallelujah! The Lord always confirms His word; Mark 16:20 says, “They went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”
Jesus came to the “lost sheep of Israel” (Matt 15:24). John 1:11-12 says, “He came to His own (Israel), and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” When Israel, as a whole, rejected Jesus as their King, He died for the whole world on the cross. When He died on the cross, for all nations, the Father gave Him authority over all nations. Paul refers to this in Philippians 2:8-10: “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.” This is one of the points Jesus was making in Matthew 28:18-19 when He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” This is what people call the “great commission.” Jesus has been made King over all nations by the Father and He is coming soon to rule and to reign. It is our job to prepare the nations for His kingdom by teaching them to observe all things that He has commanded us. He will be with us till the end of the age (when He returns) helping us to do what He has asked.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan