Where does our authority come from to “Go, make disciples of all nations”?
Kevin shows us that all throughout Matthew’s Gospel people are astonished that Jesus spoke with such “authority”. He has authority because of who He is: the Eternal Son of God. This theme of Jesus’ authority builds and builds until it reaches the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. And Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”
Now, the One with all authority gives us a command: make disciples of all nations. Implicit in his command, Jesus grants us a certain authority to do what He has commanded us to do. We have a derived authority, because we are being sent by the One who has all authority. Therefore, we can have confidence to go to our neighbors and confidence to go to any people group on the planet with the glorious news that “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name (than Jesus) under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Even more, Jesus not only sends us but He concludes this command with a promise: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” What boldness does this command and promise combo instill in our hearts? What fears and obstacles stand in your way to sharing Christ this week? How are those fears and obstacles impacted by the knowledge that we have a derived authority to go and that we are going with the One who has all authority? Let’s GO!