“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.” (Matthew 28 v 16)
Do you see it? Do you see what is wrong with this verse?
It is the first time Matthew records it.
Judas has betrayed Jesus and has hanged himself.
The Twelve are no more.
The pain of seeing a loved one die; or a lover not love you anymore; a friend who walks away to another friend; we know this. Yesterday I spoke with a Pastor who felt like he had been stabbed in the back. He had been. The Twelve are eleven.
This band of brothers have denied, deserted their rabbi and are now on their way to that place.
Do you have a place, a room, your designated space away from it all?
When the last few weeks have been a whirlwind.
When you have denied, failed and run away from your Lord.
When you have become confused and cannot explain what has just recently happened.
When God has spoken to you and directed you but still you really don’t know what He is saying.
When you have no idea of the future.
When you cannot explain what is going on in your life.
Have you got somewhere to go to?
They knew the mountain. Amongst all the mountains around the Sea of Galilee they knew the one he was going to meet them on.
Jesus is about to commission them into the whole world but before he does that he needs to position them away from their defeat.
Today, whatever has happened to you, perhaps you feel a sense of injustice, life is unfair. Maybe you feel a failure.
Jesus would have you to go to a place, a chair, a room, a map, a hill overlooking your town and city, there is a place where the important person isn’t you. Where you can look over your Galilee and see how God has used you before and you can see the transformation of people’s lives that He has done. In that position He is preparing you to go again and realise that this life isn’t about you or what you gain or about the people you keep. They are all temporary. This life is about you following Christ and what He has done before He will do again. So get ready for your commissioning is here. Find that place again.