Jesus Is Who You’re Looking For
(Jesus said,) “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
The last chapter of Matthew is a window that opens onto the sunrise glory of the risen Christ. Through it, you can see at least three massive peaks in the mountain range of Christ's character: the peak of his power; the peak of his kindness; and the peak of his purposefulness.
And we all know in our hearts that if the risen Christ is going to satisfy our desire to admire greatness, that is the way he has to be.
People who are too weak to accomplish their purposes can't satisfy our desire to admire greatness. We admire people even less who have no purpose in life. And still, less those whose purposes are merely selfish and unkind.
What we long to see and know is a Person whose power is unlimited, whose kindness is tender, and whose purpose is single and unflinching.
Novelists and poets and movie-makers and TV writers now and then create a shadow of this Person. But they can no more fill our longing to worship than this month's National Geographic can satisfy my longing for the Grand Canyon.
We must have the real thing. We must see the Original of all power and kindness and purposefulness. We must see and worship the risen Christ.
People who are too weak to accomplish their purposes can't satisfy our desire to admire greatness.