ALL AUTHORITY

DAY 150 OF 365 IN 2021

Matthew 28:18, 19 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Before obtaining my driving licence two years ago, even during my days as a learner driver with my instructor sitting an arms length away, I noticed I was a still apprehensive. It was as if I did not have peace here confidence to drive as expected and with time, I think I understood why. Driving without a full licence but a provisional one was a bit of a draw back as I felt had not been granted full authority to drive.

Along these lines, in the account of the healing of the Naaman, commander of the Syrian Army in the second book of kings, he was given a letter by his own king  with which he approached the King of Israel. A similar situation is seen in the Acts of the Apostles when Paul approached the Chief Priests to obtain a letter with which he proceeded to arrest those who believed in the way. Both men received authorisation with to carry out what they wanted to do and this explains the courage with which they did so.

It is important that we cast out minds to the words of Jesus when he tells the Apostles ‘all power in heaven and on earth is given to me’. It is only after this reminder that He sends them out. Thus, he sends them forth with a clear presentation of the authority He carried, and that was “All authority in heaven and on earth”

That is the same authority with which He calls and sends us forth. He commissions us for kingdom exploits and advance, not built on authority and power that has no basis, but on authority and power that is exalted; and a name at the mention of which every knew must bow.

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