Rev. Ned Moerbe, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blackwell, OK, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Matthew 28:11-20.
Jesus’ resurrection is a reality, just as He said. That didn’t stop His enemies from making one final attempt to defeat Him and His Word. They pay the guards to spread the lie that Jesus’ stole His body while the guards were sleeping. The soldiers’ love of mammon and the chief priests’ hypocrisy show just how far unbelief will go to deny the truth. They had not believed Jesus’ Word, and so they refused to believe even when Jesus had been raised from the dead. Yet Jesus gets the last Word. Jesus’ appearance to His disciples in Galilee highlights the authority of His Word as He fulfills the promise He had made to them before His suffering and death. The final words of Jesus that St. Matthew records build on that truth. Our Brother has been given all authority in heaven and on earth, and He uses that authority to reign for the good of His people. He commissions His disciples by His authority to bring His reign to all nations through His treasures of Baptism and teaching. Throughout this blessed work, Jesus assures His Church that He is with us always to fulfill His promise.
“All Righteousness Fulfilled” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that digs into the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The first evangelist proclaims Jesus to Jews and Gentiles alike as the fulfillment of God’s saving words and acts throughout the Old Testament. As the Christ in the line of David and Abraham, Jesus is the promised King who comes to bring sinners from every nation to live under His gracious reign.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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The Report of the Guard
11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
The Great Commission
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
- Matthew 28:19 Or into
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