Imperative: Mat 28:1-10. 9 Greetings! 10 “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren
Mat 28:1 Now after the sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulchre.
Mat 28:2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
Mat 28:3 His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.
Mat 28:4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.
Mat 28:5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
Mat 28:6 He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
Mat 28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you.”
Mat 28:8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Mat 28:9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.
Mat 28:10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
10 “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren
How far is it to Galilee?
Did the disciples ever obey this instruction of Jesus?
7 days later Thomas and they are in the same place. The assumption is Jerusalem. By John 21 the disciples are fishing and Jesus serves them breakfast on the beach. At the time of the Ascension that are commanded to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the power.
What does it mean to go to Galilee? Is this part of the symbol to repeat what was done before? What does Galilee mean symbolically?
S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems relate to the text?
What is it like to have that problem?
What other resources connect to this idea?
What is the solution suggested in the text, if there is one?
What would a camera see if the solution was implemented in my life, in my family’s life, or in my church or community?
What are the steps that I would take on Monday to implement that solution?
What does this say to my context as a …
… follower of Jesus?
… to a church?
… to a community – my neighbors?
What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?
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