Matthew 28 - read it here.
An earthquake and everything changes…for some people. Earthquakes can be unique in this way. The lives of those near the epicenter of a large earthquake experience life altering changes through trauma, loss of property, loss of life, etc. All of this, while others, which are out in the open or further away from the center can be unaffected.
I see earthquakes as an analogy to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and how it impacts people’s lives. Interestingly, earthquakes feature prominently in connection with Jesus. At the moment of death, an earthquake tore the curtains in the temple and spilt stones and tombs releasing the dead in Christ, at His resurrection a large earthquake occurs and the stone on the entrance is moved, and in Matthew 24 we see that the increase in earthquakes will proceed His second coming.
As we read in this Gospel; those who loved and followed Jesus, staying close to Him, had lives that were dramatically altered by Him. They left behind family and relationships, careers and property, and many have lost their earthly lives for sake of Christ and His Kingdom. However, in doing this they also gained a much larger family in becoming children of God, gained new tangible and intangible resources as members and fellowship in the ‘family’, and most importantly, gained Jesus. Others that were near, but kept a safe distance carried on with life as usual though, seemingly unaffected.
Finishing this book I am reminded that committing to stay close to Jesus is bound to shake to the ground of my life. We are warned about this and to count the cost of discipleship in Luke 14:25-34. If we have decided to follow Jesus closely and to become His disciples, He has given a command that will surely be costly and alter our lives: “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with always, to the end of the age.” May the earth and the people in it be impacted as we obey this command. - Ben Deibel