Reset – Hitting Reset

“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. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
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Have you ever had to do a hard “reset” on your phone? I did recently and it went back to the beginning. If it wasn’t backed up it was gone. I had to start over. Three days after His death, Jesus did a reset in His ministry by coming back from the dead. He proved His authority and His divinity through His resurrection. He revealed Himself first to women at the tomb, and later to two men on the road to Emmaus. On that road He explained everything about the fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures. He explained, or rather re-explained, how God had spoken through Scripture from the very beginning about a Savior who would come and die the death we deserve to die, and then live so we could have life in Him. Jesus told them once you know this and understand it then everything else changes. That is why the men exclaimed their hearts were burning. Jesus had reset their faith lives.

After the road to Emmaus, Jesus headed to the Galilee region to meet with Peter and six other disciples. He once again pushes the reset button with Peter as He reconciles His relationship with him. Through His words and actions Peter is challenged to reset his life and ministry to go make disciples. In today’s passage Jesus continues to preach His message of making disciples. He challenges the eleven disciples to expand this ministry to all the nations and to teach them all they need to know.

The resurrected Jesus is calling you to follow Him just like His other disciples did. He loves you with incredible love, and He wants you to experience Him as your greatest treasure through all of life’s circumstances. From now until the end of time you’re invited to experience Jesus. May your faith be reset by Jesus, and may you go and share your faith with others.

In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn