I don’t know what I would have thought if I’d been standing there on that mountain with my friends, at the place He asked us to meet Him. What if I’d witnessed the awful trial and execution of Jesus, but now — here He is, standing here and talking with us about what He wants us to do in this world. What would I be thinking and feeling?
Matthew’s account of the meeting tells us that some of the disciples still doubted.
Of course! They were just like us. And it’s a pretty difficult thing to understand — a man who was dead, now walking around, talking, eating with them.
And Jesus was saying something they’d heard from Him before: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.” (See Matthew 28:16-18.) He had also said, “You will have troubles here in this world, but be at peace and take courage — I’ve overcome the world!” (See John 16:33.)
Evil forces had just stomped Him into the grave, but He talked of peace and authority and overcoming the world.
What were they to think?
I don’t understand it all, either. I’m just learning, bit by bit, what all of that means, for my life and in the world.
But I’ve caught glimpses — and it’s powerful!
My hope knows this: The one I acknowledge as King is in control of all heaven and earth.
That’s why I can believe verses like Romans 8:28 that assure us that even in the hardest, most terrible things, God is working for our good. It doesn’t mean all the hard things are smoothed for us or erased from our lives completely. But it does mean that God’s purposes will prevail and His plans for His children are going to become reality.
We follow the King who rules.
For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
You rule throughout all generations.