After Jesus’ resurrection, He had one more teaching segment left for his disciples.  According to Matthew 28:16, the disciples went to Galilee, for their small group meeting with Jesus.  One might think that after his resurrection, the whole crew would bow before the Lord and worship Him in adoration and joy, but like many of us at times, “…some doubted” (Mat. 28:17).  Jesus decides it’s time to sit down and deliver his farewell address.  But before He tells the disciples what to do once He’s gone (vs 19-20), He gives an incredibly empowering statement to his disciples:  “…All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (vs 18).  Before He sent out the troops, Jesus told them where their authority to fulfill the commission would come from.  If you’re like me, you might be nervous to share your faith.  Usually, that fear comes from worrying about what they might think of us, and not believing that we have the authority to share the truth.

In Revelation 1, John describes this authority intensely.  We often fear “Going” and “Teaching” and “Reaching” because we don’t understand the strength of our authority.  You see, when we walk the path of faithful obedience in our workplace, or we share the good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with someone, we aren’t sharing by our own authority; we are merely a vessel obeying the direction of Christ himself.

John describes the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ all throughout the first chapter of Revelation.  John describes Jesus as “…him who is and who was and who is to come” (v4), “…the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings on earth” (v5).  Jesus, “Loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father” (v5-6).  Jesus will be, “…coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him” (v7)

Jesus then finishes the greeting with his own personal resume:  “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the ALMIGHTY’” (v8).

This is the “authority” that Christ is sending his disciples (and us) out with in Matthew 28.  We aren’t wandering aimlessly, weak, desperate pilgrims begging folks to join our club.  When we engage folks at work, school, sporting events, in our neighborhoods, churches and get-togethers, we are walking and talking with the authority of a Savior who IS the BEGINNING and the END, who has faithfully obeyed the commands of the Father, who defeated death once and for all, who rules EVERY SINGLE king on earth, who LOVES US and FREED US from our sins, and made us a kingdom where we have the honor of taking his message to all the world.

When you speak the truth of the Word of God, you speak, not with your own authority (which lacks in power), but with the full authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Because of this, we can GO.  Because of this, we can baptize, and because of this, we can teach them to obey all that He has commanded.