While theorists postulate causes of America’s Civil War, this writer suggests the unabashedly-demanding States’ Rights’ conviction of Southern states as the nuclear reason. Only focused commitment to an idea could energize such revolutionary decisions. As Lincoln said in his Second Inaugural, the South would rather fight than surrender their most cherished principle. By demanding all they lost everything.
While that may remain a debatable issue, the spiritual meaning is clear: Jesus Christ possesses ALL authority, of every kind, over all history, over all enemies, over judgment, et al. ALL being the operative word. ALL meaning he may use personalities and events to achieve God’s will in history, but retains authority to determine what happens, and how, and when, and to what end.
The interesting factor in this issue is the Master’s Timing. It occurred in Matthew 28:16-20: during the 40 day period between his resurrection and ascension; in Galilee, where Jesus said he would meet his men, Matthew 26;32; where the angel told the women to tell the men to meet him Matthew 28:5-7, Mark 16:4-7. That they remained in Jerusalem the first Sunday is understandable, but, as usual, Jesus had his way anyway. To Galilee he wanted them to go, and that’s where he met them to make his astonishing, but perfectly consistent claim. –End Part III-
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