Lent – Day 34: Saturday, 27 March
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’
This is Jesus’ physical farewell. He is about to leave to be with Father God. He has completed his mission – he stayed obedient from start to finish. All that he proclaimed in the synagogue in Capernaum has come to pass – Good News has been preached, many people have been released from the power of Satan, the blind have received their sight. A new order of liberty, righteousness and justice has been established, and it’s now only a matter of time…
All authority has now been given to Jesus. In his earthly ministry he acted as a servant, offering people insights into the Kingdom of Heaven as he demonstrated to them its life and power. He took no authority except that which was given to him, and was afforded no shortcuts from Father God. The Son of God really did become like us in his humanity, and even though his divinity shone out through him, he did not turn stones into bread. Jesus knew no more history or geography than what was known at that time, even though he’d been there when all was created. He’d created every face he saw, every hand that reached out to him, every fist that beat him. As for the voice that mocked – “Prophesy – who hit you?”, he couldn’t say, unless the Holy Spirit told him.
He demonstrated Father’s love through his obedient life. And now, task completed on earth, he will return in high glory and praise.
Even now, standing before the risen Lord, there were some who were not able to worship Jesus as the Son of God. I wonder what they had failed to understand.
And now he issues his commission – that we who follow him should go out into the world (the disciples alone could not complete this task!) to make more disciples – disciples like them, not just pew-fillers.
Baptise in the name of the Trinity!
How does your church fellowship engage in Jesus’ commission to make disciples?
What are the implications of your believing that Jesus is the Son of God?
Did Jesus say that people should be baptised in water only?
Does Jesus’ mentioning of the Holy Spirit in baptism imply “Holy Spirit and fire”?!
Lord Jesus, you left this earth to be with Father God, though you continue to pray for me before Father God, prayers that are perfect and pleasing to Father God, and will therefore be granted. You know and seek the best for me. Thank you, Jesus, for this amazing work. Amen.