In giving us the mission to go make disciples Jesus wanted us to know that he has the authority to issue it. Notice how The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 starts off. Jesus speaking says,
How much authority does Jesus say he has? Does he have only some authority or does he have most of the authority?
And where exactly does he have this authority? Is it just in heaven? Is it just on earth?
But notice the Great Commission does say that Jesus' authority does extend to both heaven and earth. All things are under his authority and his control. I love the way the Apostle Paul states it in Colossians 1:16-18,
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (NIV)All thing were created by Jesus, for Jesus, and are held together by Jesus. And why? So that Jesus would have supremacy over all things. In other words what Jesus is saying is that we should listen up because what he is about to command us to do he has the right and authority to command it. It is as if he is saying to all of us who follow him that what he's about to say is not an option, it's not a suggestion but it's a command that most be obeyed!
Because Jesus who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords has given us this mission we are thereby empowered to do that mission. No one has the authority to tell us to stop doing it because the one with all authority has already commanded us to do it.
- We need not ask person permission from any person if we can share Christ because the one who has all the authority has already commanded us to do it.
- We need not pray and ask God if we should witness or make him disciples for he has already, with his last recorded words, said to go make him more disciples.
- Because Christ has all authority and commanded us to go make him more disciples we can pray with confidence that he would lead us to those whom the Father has been preparing to believe.
So when people begin to question you on who gives you the right to share your faith about Jesus you can take confidence and say boldly that your right comes from the one who has all authority and he commanded you to do it!