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Matthew 28:11-20: The Commission of the King

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He is risen! Go tell his disciples. This was the message that the angel gave to the women outside of the tomb. This was a message that would turn the world upside down. This is a message worth sharing. It is also a message that the enemies of our Lord hate. They will do anything to discount the resurrection of Jesus. They will make up false tales. They will lie. They will persecute. But, the fact remains. He is risen. No matter what the world does, it cannot change the truth.

I. The Report of the Soldiers

Matthew 28:11–15 NKJV
11 Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12 When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Here in this scene, recorded only by Matthew, we have an account of the enemies of Jesus trying to deny the reality of the resurrection. They knew that no one overpowered these soldiers. They knew that the disciples were nowhere near the tomb that Sunday morning. They knew that nothing natural could explain what happened. But they absolutely could NOT believe what really did happen. See, they had already decided that Jesus was not God and nothing could convince them anything different. So, they conspired to make up a lie.
Guards came to the priests
They took the time to assemble the council and the elders
They debated the issue and decided to bribe the soldiers into lying.
Matthew 28:13 NKJV
13 saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’
The issue was that the soldiers were Roman soldiers. Imagine what they were asked to admit to. A group of disciples who were nothing more than fisherman and a tax collector attacked this group of soldiers, overpowered them, opened the tomb and stole the body. The normal penalty for failure of this magnitude would be death.
The council promised the soldiers that if they kept up the lie, they would make sure the governor didn’t punish them. So, the soldiers agreed to lie, for a price of course, and that is the story that went around the region.
Of course, there are a few problems with this lie: 1) There is NO way a terrified group of 11 men and a few women are going to be able to overpower a band of soldiers. 2) There is NO way that this same group of 11 men and a few women steal Jesus’ body, spread a resurrection rumor, and then be willing to die for what they knew to be a lie. 3) If this was really what happened, they should have eventually been able to find the body. The disciples could not have been able to hide it for long.

II. The Worship of the Disciples

Matthew 28:16–17 NKJV
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
The disciples went where Jesus told them.
Matthew 26:31 NKJV
31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Matthew 28:10 NKJV
10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
They fell down and worshiped Jesus
προσκυνέω (proskuneo) - to kiss towards. Used a few times of people bowing before a king or authority, but used primarily of those bowing before God. It is an act of submission.
Mixed with the worship was a little doubt!
APPLICATION - we are all a mixture of faith and doubt. We struggle often between the two. Goal - increase faith and decrease doubt.

III. The Commission of Jesus

Matthew 28:18–20 NKJV
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

A. The Source of the Commission

Matthew 28:18 NKJV
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Romans 1:1–5 NKJV
1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. 5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,
Philippians 2:9–11 NKJV
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 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, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Illustration:
Roger Clemens (Boston Red Sox) - July 15:1986 in his first All-Star Game. Dwight Gooden (Cy Young previous year) was pitcher. Gary Carter was catcher. After first pitch from Gooden, Clemens turned to Carter and said, “Do my fastballs look like that?” Carter replied, “why do you think they’re so hard to hit?” Clemens had a renewed respect for his own fastball when he recognized the power.
John MacArthur – “Were it not for knowing they had the Lord’s sovereign demand as well as His resources to guide and empower them, those five hundred nondescript, powerless disciples would have been totally overwhelmed by the inconceivable task of making disciples for their Lord from among every nation on earth.”

B. The Method of the Commission

Matthew 28:19–20 NKJV
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Luke 2:47 NKJV
47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.
Acts 20:21 NKJV
21 testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

1. Going

Acts 1:8 NKJV
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Illustration
Titanic sunk on April 15, 1912. Eva Hart was one of the ones who made it into a lifeboat. She was in lifeboat #14 out of 20 lifeboats. As people were screaming and drowning in the water, only lifeboat 14 attempted to save them. Hundreds died because the other 19 lifeboats rowed away from the screams, afraid that the people trying to get out of the water would capsize their own boats and they too would drown.

2. Baptizing

Acts 8:12 NKJV
12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.

3. Teaching

2 Timothy 2:2 NKJV
2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

C. The Power of the Commission

Matthew 28:20 NKJV
20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
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