Obey | Devotion #4: When?
Mark O’Connor | Student Director
Picture if you will, you are one of the eleven remaining apostles. This is a dark time for you. Your leader, your teacher, your Messiah is gone. You do not know what to do next. You have no idea that Mary Magdalene has just encountered the risen Jesus.
Matthew 28:10 says, “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.’”
Then, all of the sudden, you have been summoned to see Jesus. This might not be a big deal had you not seen him die earlier. So what do they do? I imagine with some amount of skepticism, they go. You listen to the request and obey. You show up not sure what to expect. Right then and there, you see Jesus, as He always does, coming through on a promise.
The timing could not have been better. Imagine how dejected they must have felt. People would have been searching for them and mocking them for what they believed. Then He starts talking and instructing them, teaching one last time.
Matthew 28:19-20a says, “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 observe all that I have commanded you.”
Then showing His constant love for us, He reminds them something we all too often forget, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b). You see, when we listen and obey, Jesus will be there at the right moment all the time.