Jesus’ Victory: Matthew 28:1-20
The theme of victory appears clearly in Jesus’ resurrection, which was the proof that the messianic King had conquered all of the enemies of his people, even death itself. And we also see the theme of victory in Jesus’ last words before his ascension. Jesus’ final words recorded in Matthew’s gospel are found in Matthew 28:18-20, and they are usually called the Great Commission. They are the Lord’s final instructions to his disciples, commissioning them to ministry in his absence. And it is noteworthy that these instructions begin with Christ boldly claiming all kingdom authority. Consider Jesus’ proclamation in Matthew 28:18:
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
All authority belonged to the king who conquered. The Jews rejected him; the Romans crucified him; and they all mocked him. But the grave could not hold him, and the resurrection was the great victory of the messianic King. Through him, the kingdom of heaven had come to earth. And that is the good news of the Gospel According to Matthew.