16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
First they went to the mountain second they:
2. Worshipped the Messiah
Church it’s not about the mountain it’s about the Messiah. Today the world is busy worshipping creation instead of the Creator. We have become a culture consumed with protecting and preserving nature and persecuting Christ. Its here on the mountain that we come face to face with a monumental question, what are we worshipping? Christ or Creation, self or the Savior? We have created a culture of creation worshippers not Christ worshippers because we have become focused on the majesty of the mountains instead of the Messiah. When did the disciples worship Jesus, when they saw Him. One of the reasons that we don’t worship Him is because we are not looking to the Lord. Just like the disciples we need to see the Savior, to catch a glimpse of His greatness and glory, to catch a vision of His victory, to see the Risen Lord of Life. The One who conquered the humanly unconquerable, who satisfied the demands of sin through His own death yet rose to defeat the devil and triumphed over the grave. There He stood before them the Master of the mountain, victorious over death and the devil. Have you caught the vison of His victory. It speaks volumes to me to know that these men the ones who knew Jesus best would worship Him. Those who know me best are certainly in no danger of worshiping me. These were Jewish men, for whom the First and Second Commandments forbid giving worship to any but the One True God, yet they fell down and worshiped Jesus why because Jesus isn’t just good He is God. So let me ask you what are you worshipping today? Are you worshipping the Savior or the secular? Many of us are worshipping secondary things instead of the Savior and the scary thing is that we will become witnesses to what we worship. Why are our kids walking away from Christ because as parents we are pointing them to worship the mountain of money instead of the Messiah. Because we are worshipping our jobs not Jesus. But true worship is reserved for the Lord God alone. Notice that witnessing starts with worship. Ministry and missions starts not with work but with worship. Missions begins and ends with adoration. One of my favorite quotes is from John Piper book, “The Supremacy of God in Missions.” Listen carefully to what he says: “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exist because worship doesn’t. Worship is the ultimate, not missions, because God is the ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever. Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal in missions. It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God.” Why don’t we witness because we are not living a life of worship. When we miss the worship witnessing becomes work, it become a job not a joy. What we desperately need is more than just a moment on the mountain, we need a glimpse of God, more of His majesty and might. Why is the church not changing the culture because the church is busy caught up worshipping the world. If we want to change the world we need to start worshipping the One who created it. Now notice that while a number of the disciples prostrated themselves in praise, there were some disciples who doubted. This is hard to believe, or is it? Despite all that these disciples had seen some of them still doubted. This reminds me of four things:
• We will continually have to deal with our own doubts. We are not the first to doubt the Deity and we won’t be the last.
• Doubts don’t disqualify us from ministry, acting on them and being driven by them does. Thomas was not the only doubting disciple, all of the disciples had moments of doubt. But that’s just it they were moments of doubt not lifestyles of doubt. Are you being driven by doubt or devotion?
• Within every group, there will be those who worship and those who waffle. Just make sure you don’t let other peoples waffling cause your worship to wane.
• The mission of the church is advanced despite the doubters. God’s plan is not limited by our lives. While there will always be wafflers there will also be workers, the question becomes which group will I be in? So what about you are you devoted disciple or doubting disciple?