Read Matthew 27
In today’s reading:
Judas commits suicide; Jesus before Pilate; the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus; The grand commision
T he resurrection of Jesus gave His disciples the key to understand that His King and His Kingdom were both eternal. «And Jesus approached and spoke to them saying: All power (authority) is given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to keep all the things I have commanded you. . . » (Matthew 28: 18-20).
When we are baptized “in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” we are proclaiming all the fullness of Godhead. Thus, by public baptism, we confess before the world that God is our “Heavenly Father . ” The phrase “and of the Son” is our testimony to the world that Jesus is now the Savior and Lord of our lives. Upon our confession, the “Holy Spirit” becomes our Sanctifier, Comforter, and Guide for a lifetime (John 14:26; 16:13). This confirms the Trinity of Deity and proclaims that the One God is also expressed in Three Persons.
The “born again” (John 3: 3,7) by His Holy Spirit is a supernatural experience that changes the heart and transforms our being to a life that praises and serves the Lord daily. This does not mean that we will reach perfection in this life; But as Peter insists: “like newborn babies, desire unadulterated spiritual milk, so that through it you may grow up to salvation” (I Peter 2: 1-2). The Lord has provided only one Book and His Holy Spirit to tell us how we should live and what He expects us to do. The apostle Paul proclaims in the book of Titus:«(With) all authority. . . Because the grace of God has been manifested for salvation to all men, teaching us that, renouncing impiety and worldly desires, we live in this age sober, just and piously, awaiting the blessed hope and the glorious manifestation of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own, zealous for good works ” (Titus 2: 11-15). Without exception, all of us sometimes do not comply with the Lord, but we can all say together with the apostle Paul:“Brothers, I myself do not claim to have already achieved it; But I do one thing: forgetting certainly what is behind, and reaching out to what is ahead, I press on to the goal, to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus ” (Philippians 3: 13-14).
Thought for today:If God is your partner you must have BIG plans.
Memory Verse of the Week: Psalm 139: 1-2