July 22, 2018
Matthew 28:18…And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Thus begins the scripture that we know of as the ‘Great Commission.’ Matthew records it in this gospel as the first words of Jesus to His disciples after his resurrection.
My attention, of late, as been drawn to the opening sentence:
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
The next line could read, “Because of that, you can confidently go and make disciples…” We are not wandering around the earth looking for someone to convince. We are speaking on behalf of the King of all kings. He has all authority. What evil force has raised its ugly head to stop you from serving Jesus? Tell it where to go. Jesus has all authority. Activate His influence in your life. Speak of His goodness and love.
I hear a lot of talk about Donald Trump, president of the United States. Some of it is supportive; some is not. But, I don’t hear much discussion about Jesus. He is the authority above all authority. Don’t fear Trump; we needn’t even fear the nitwit that was president before him. Jesus has all authority. Oops, I drifted into politics. Sorry about that. I was just reminded, as I wrote, that we quickly fear powerful men and women. But, Jesus taught us to only fear God. God gave Jesus His authority. We are not caught in a battle of “MY God is bigger than your god.” We say, rather, “My God is the only God with whom we must deal.”
Change your attitude about making disciples. You are not wanting people to be like you; you want people to know Jesus. At the end of the day, the question is, “Do you know Jesus?” not… “Do you go to a good church?” Church is important; it is our connection with other believers. “NO man is an island.” Jesus is the sun of the church. Everyone revolves around Him. He must always be in our sight line. After all, He has all authority. You are not witnessing an idea or a concept; you are witnessing to the true authority over all other authority.