The King Has Spoken
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Jesus preached the kingdom of God. His disciples must have heard lessons on the kingdom until they were dripping with the royal discourse. But the funny thing was, it took them a while to figure out He was the King, standing right there in front of them. And as more and more disciples began to catch on they had expectations of their newfound King. But the King, in typical “Jesus fashion,” flipped the kingdom on its head. He would wash the subject’s feet, allow His creation to spit in His face, and ultimately torture Him to death. But His supreme reign would be gloriously demonstrated when He brought even death under His subjection. (Jn 10.18, Rev 1.5) And in the brilliance of His victory, even over the grave, He would issue His most pressing orders to the eleven disciples. He begins with an astounding statement; “All authority has been given to Me…” The King of kings is giving the most important edict to eleven ordinary men (whom by the way abandoned Him in the greatest moment in history). And with all authority in heaven and on earth, He tells these men to go and make disciples. Not, “I have all authority so I will end world hunger, wars, disease, crime, etc…” No, He said, “Go and make disciples.” Do you see the gravity of what Jesus is doing and what that means for you and I? With all the things the King of the Universe could have said, He, with all authority, commands us, His disciples, to go and make disciples. I don’t know about you but that completely blows me away! Making disciples must be one of Jesus’ highest priorities! Are we taking the King’s command as seriously as it merits? Are we doing everything we can to study and implement this most crucial endeavor?