每日诗歌: 因祂活著 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zq9QU69CyY)
Leviticus 20 [Read]
Leviticus 21 [Read]
Matthew 28 [Read]
Someone once said: “death is the great equalizer”. This is indeed true in many aspects. We may be born with different social status, family wealth, and physical wholeness, and we may be brought up with different environment, education, and privileges. But everyone has to face the same thing at the end. All have to die (Heb 9:27). In a sense, death indeed holds the authority over mankind and all creatures.
However, death may not be an equalizer if we consider the attitude each one holds when facing death. One can be totally terrified by the unknown beyond his final breath, and he can be greatly saddened by all the stuffs he has to leave behind. Whereas another can be utterly peaceful in getting ready for the eternity about to open to him, and death can have no authority over him.
What happened in Matthew 28 sets apart those two kinds of people. I see the key of the entire chapter, or even the entire book, to be 28:18 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”. The perceived ultimate authority death holds over mankind has been shattered, and the fear of it can no longer control mankind. Because of this authority, we may calmly face death knowing we shall be with the Lord soon. Because of this authority, we may live this life in a meaningful way knowing there is a purpose set forth by our Lord for each one of us. And because of this authority, we may go and make disciples of all nations knowing there is nothing he cannot accomplish. This is the weight of Matthew 28:18.
The proof of Christ seizing this authority is his resurrection. The sting of death has been disarmed, and the victory of death has been overturned (1 Co 15:55). From this point on, the Kingdom of God is officially open and all who believe may enter. The hope of eternity is now given to those who come to Jesus Christ through repentance, and their lives will be changed by such hope. Therefore, never underestimate the importance of the resurrection. “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” (1 Co 15:17). Let us meditate on this and truly give thanks for what our Lord has accomplished for us.
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