“But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. God therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28: 16-20).
The above text has been referred to as Jesus’ farewell address, an address in which He gives His finale instructions to the committed, the devoted ones. These final words are more commonly known as the Great Commission.
I like what Dr. Richard Beaton wrote in a 2008 article that appeared in the Working Preacher Commentary. Dr. Beaton speaks of the four all’s that appear in the text. In verse eighteen, it is all authority. In verse nineteen, it is all nations. And in verse twenty, it is all I have commanded, and I am always with you.
It is the first all statement that want to address here. In verse eighteen, Jesus states “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Dr. Beaton states that, “The incarnation and Jesus’ life on earth were marked by His profound humanity”(2008).
But here Jesus the great teacher, Jesus the healing and deliverance practitioner is now revealed as the Lord of all! He is the Sovereign of the heavens and the earth. It is within the context of that Sovereignty that Jesus commissions the devote to Go! In that very moment, He delegates to the devoted followers authority to minister in His name.
The point here is that we go forth under the banner of Christ’s authority. We minister in authority granted to us by the Lord of all. We are the people of God, and having been commissioned by Jesus Christ, we go forth with confidence and assurance that He is always with us! So, Go, Therefore!