Storms are unpredictable. At times, we see them coming, hiding in dark, rolling clouds that fill the horizon. If they come in the dead of night, we don’t see them, but we hear the booming thunder and driving rain. Think back to the worst storm you remember experiencing. Maybe you were in your room listening to it, or out in the woods hiking, or maybe driving through it. Think about the awesome power of nature and your sense of helplessness. What were your feelings through the storm?
Jesus was crucified and buried, but death could not hold the Son of God. On the third day, God demonstrated Jesus’ victory over sin and death by raising Him from the dead. As the women went from the tomb to tell the disciples, Jesus appeared to them and they worshiped Him. But the religious leaders denied His resurrection and refused to worship Jesus. When Jesus met with His disciples they worshiped Him, and Jesus gave them an assignment: He commanded them to make disciples of all the nations.
Matthew presented Jesus as the promised, rightful King who confronted the sin of the Sadducees and Pharisees. But Jesus was also the rejected King. The religious leaders had the appearance of religion, but they hated their King and rebelled against Him. They chose instead to honor themselves as king over their own lives. What about you? Have you submitted every part of your life, the part seen by others as well as the secret part of your heart, to the King, Jesus Christ?