Saturday, June 12, 2010

Jesus Authority Empowers His Disciples

Exercise Your Authority To Change The World

Matthew 28:18  Jesus came and told His disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.

Ephesians 1:22  God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church.

The disciples are on the road to Galilee going to the place where Jesus said he would meet them. They didn't know that this is going to be one of the last times that they will see Jesus before he returns to heaven. Jesus didn't brag about the fact that he was back after being dead for three days rather he begins to teach them and the first thing that he lets them know about is the power that God has given to him.

Philippians 2:9-11  Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor...

Jesus lets them know that God has given him all authority just as he said that he would in Daniel 7:14, Jesus authority is over all of the universe, from the largest galaxies to the smallest gnat, he is in control of everything. Every other power that exist is placed under Jesus feet.

Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.

We have been made powerful through Jesus, his authority is loaned out to us through the Holy Spirit, he has given us the power to do what pleases him (Phil 2:13), we are not much in our own power (2 Cor 4:7) but we don't have to try to live this life alone and we don't have to make disciples alone.

Discipleship is a powerful life changing process and we have all been given the authority and power to grow as a disciple and we have the authority to help others on their journey to become more like Christ.

I need to place my life under the authority of Jesus every day.

Help me to submit to your authority Lord and also help me to use the authority that you have transferred to me so that I can go and make disciples. I need to help somebody in their journey toward becoming more like you.