Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 10th, 2020
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…”
Matthew 28:16-18 (NIV)
They Worshipped Him
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, as no more than 5 people were allowed to meet together, some churches across Canada discovered that they could attract far more people to a worship service than ordinarily met in their building on a Sunday morning. Pastor Mike Miller of Halifax’s Nova Church was used to preaching to an average size congregation of 400. The first Sunday they livestreamed their service at the end of March, about 2000 people, five times the average, joined online.
One of the signs of a cult is that they deny the deity of Jesus. One major cult teaches that Jesus is the archangel Michael. Another that He was simply a great teacher and prophet. But it doesn’t take long when reading the Gospels to discover that Jesus teaches that He is indeed God. John begins his Gospel by teaching this. Near the end of his Gospel, in Matthew 28:16-18, the apostle writes this, “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…” You might be asking “what does this verse say about the deity of Jesus?” Christians can miss this. Matthew tells us here that when they saw Jesus, they worshipped him. It was blasphemy to worship anyone but God, and no Jew would ever do that. But they worshipped Jesus and He allowed it. Because He was, and is, God. Have you taken time today to worship Him? He deserves all the worship we can ever offer Him, because He is Lord and God.
These have been words from the heart.