The eleven remaining disciples went to the mountain in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Jesus there, they worshiped him; but some doubted. — Matthew 28:16-17 (in my words)
I’m preaching this Sunday on the Great Commission, and so, you’ll probably be getting a couple of posts this week and next from that same text. We often skip over this little preface to Jesus’ words at the end of Matthew’s gospel — but I have to wonder if they’re not important. Two ideas stand out to me:
- The proper response to seeing Jesus is worship. And if our lives are not lives of worship, I suspect one of two things is happening. Either we aren’t looking toward Jesus (certainly not outside the realm of possibility for most of us), or our response is simply something other than worship. [By the looks of modern Christianity, I might suggest many see Jesus and seek merely to gain knowledge from him? And not to truly worship him?]
- It’s okay to doubt; the apostles surely did. And often, it seems. I’m not sure exactly what they’re doubting at this point. From the context of Jesus’ words that follow, I’d argue they’re doubting their own abilities to proclaim the gospel and carry out the task Jesus is assigning them. [Jesus’ response, by the way — and more on this in another post — is that it’s his authority by which they are to make disciples, and not their own.] But regardless of exactly what is being doubted in this passage, it’s clear the eleven still worshiped Jesus.