GO YE THEREFORE (PART 1)
Bible Text: Matthew 28:1-20; Mark16:11-18
The bible, (the Word of God) is a treasure store, great truths are buried in it which are capable of transforming lives and situations if dug up. One of these treasures is what the LORD is revealing to us today in this message titled Go Ye Therefore. Go Ye Therefore, is an active statement with very deep implications to both the speaker/Addressee (Jesus Christ) and the addressed (His disciples). We will review this statement in parts beginning with this one at hand which we will review under two points: (1) The Background of The Statement, (2) The Authority of The Statement.
(1) The Background of The Statement (Rev.1:17-18; 5:1-12)
Before Jesus came into the world the devil had tricked man and dispossessed him of the divine dominion over all creations bestowed on him by God (Gen. 1:26-28). The devil began to manipulate the life and affairs of the entire human race after the fall, using all sorts of influences such as fear, uncertainty, failures etc. It was difficult for man to stand for himself, not to talk of challenging the devil. The devil even boasted to Jesus Christ that the kingdoms of the earth were given to him (Lk.4:5-6).
Also, during and after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, his disciples were all living in fear. After the resurrection, Jesus came back to his disciples and then told them not to hide any longer but get ready to confront men and spirits with the gospel of truth, because of the power He now possesses, hence the charge, Go Ye Therefore.
(2) The Authority of The Statement (Matt.11:25-28; Phil.2:9-11)
Jesus Christ is the son of God, the Word of God made flesh (Jn.1:1, 14). He came into the world solely to redeem man from the shackles of the devils. While He (Jesus) was human, the devils had a field day, until the Calvary contest. Before He gave up the ghost, Jesus committed His Spirit into the Father’s hand (Lk. 23:46). At death therefore, His Spirit was conducted to the land of the spirits where He disarmed the devil and liberated the souls of just men kept under the powers of death and the grave (Matt. 27:50-54; 1Pt. 3:18-22). The devil there and then surrendered all powers to Him (Rev. 1:18).
After resurrection Jesus went to present Himself to the Father in heaven (Jn. 20:16-17). At His later appearance to His disciples He announced to them that all power in heaven and on earth has been given to Him by the Father, the Creator of all things (Matt. 28:18-19), Go Ye Therefore He charged them, in this realization, in this understanding, in this awareness, and in this power, to make disciples of all Nations.
He was in other words saying, I am now sending you on the grounds that all power is give me in heaven and the earth. You therefore, have nothing to fear, or worry about. This is the injunction of the LORD to Watchmen, as we tackle the projects of the LORD in our hands His injunction remains Go Ye Therefore, because all the power is given Him in heaven and earth for us, to excel.