Week Nine - Day Two
Who gives the Great Commission?
Matthew 28:16-20 - Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 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, baptiz- ing 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 you always, to the end of the age.”
“All authority on heaven and earth has been given” to Jesus. God the Father gave Jesus complete authority over the entire universe including events, human hearts, and circumstances in the world. He uses angels, circumstances, and people to ac- complish his mission. Jesus has total authority, so we can be confident that we will succeed in this mission to reach the world with the gospel. According to Paul, “God has highly exalted him [Jesus] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
Before we become involved in the Great Commission, we need to understand the Lord’s sovereign authority over creation, including all mankind. Because of this, ordi- nary people like Jesus’ disciples, who were fishermen and tax collectors, can make a major di erence in the world when they go out under their Lord’s authority.
Without Jesus’ authority, our mission would be doomed to failure. The resurrected Christ is alive and is with those who proclaim the gospel today. Jesus does not leave us to our own abilities for this awesome task. The one with ultimate authority has committed himself to go with us. “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
- How does Jesus' authority and the promise of his presence give you encouragement to be a part of the Great Commission?
- Pray and think of someone who you could ask about their spiritual beliefs. Remember that its' on the authority of Jesus that you can inquire.