And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18)


It was the most epic failure in all of history. Twelve of His closest companions, those He had loved to death, abandoned their Messiah. Judas went as far as betrayal. The others forsook and denied Him. Do you remember what it felt like the first time your best friend betrayed you? The confusion and the sting may have lasted days, weeks, and maybe years. It’s hard to even look such a person in the eyes without absolute disgust. I would have voted the whole team off the island. But not Jesus. Not only had He predicted this great crime, He completely and unconditionally forgave all but he “son of perdition”. But forgiveness is only one third of His grace. Through His death and resurrection, He imputes the righteousness of God on them (2 Cor 5.21). And then He gives them the greatest venture ever undertaken by man: to win the world to Him by making disciples.

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Author: Chuck & Deb

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