I was reflecting on this final challenge that Jesus gives His followers before He ascends back up to heaven. This is described as the Great Commission that is given to all of His followers. It says,
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28
Did you read that part? ‘when they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.’ But some doubted? This wasn’t a big gathering. It said that it was Jesus and the 11 disciples (Judas had betrayed Christ and taken his own life at this point). So even after a 3 year mission trip with Jesus (chalk-full of miracles and unforgetable moments), seeing Jesus die on a cross, and then with your own eyes seeing Him alive again, some of them were still struggling with doubt.
So Jesus immediately addresses His authority. When you go out in Jesus’ name, you go out in THE authority that trumps all authorities in heaven and on earth. Because of His authority and not our own, we can confidently go into the world and make disciples today. Because of His authority and His presence (‘I am always with you’) we can pray for our spouse, our kids, our schools, our neighbors. We can boldly approach God and cry out for our communities and not settle for death and destruction to do whatever it wants.
It is time to come out of the timid, hiding behind the bushes, Christian experience and to walk in the authority of Christ. When doubt overwhelms you just remember that ALL authority is in Christ and your life is hidden in Christ and He is with you ALWAYS! Therefore go…..