Last week we examined the resurrection of Jesus, the pinnacle moment of the history of the world and of Matthew's gospel account. Following his resurrection, Jesus commissions his followers to authoritatively proclaim the gospel to all nations. And as we do, Jesus promises to go with us. Jesus' salvation shall reach every nation, tribe and tongue, indeed even all creation.
Jesus predicted his resurrection multiple times before his death. The chief priests and the Pharisees worked to prevent people from believing in the resurrection. But they were fighting a losing battle. Jesus rose from the grave and appeared to many proving he was the Christ.
Jesus' death was substitutionary and sacrificial. He has died in our place; his life as the final sacrifice. With his death came an end to the Old Testament system of sacrifices and priests. Jesus has become our Great High Priest and is the mediator of a new and better covenant. Because of Christ's work, it is now possible for those who believe to approach God directly.
The last place you would ever expect to find a king is on a cross. Yet, Jesus, the King of Kings surrendered his life unto death for the redemption of sinners. It is through his death that we may have eternal life.
Jesus’ innocence is repeatedly publically asserted by Pilate, yet he condemns him to be crucified. Jesus’ innocence prophesied by Isaiah is absolutely necessary to the gospel and our redemption. Without a perfect sacrifice for our sin, there is no forgiveness.