Matthew 28:16-20 (Part 3) – Meghan, Taylor & The Ultimate Daddy Weapon

Posted: May 10, 2016 in Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 28:16-20 (Part 3)

Jesus Gives the Great Commission

When Meghan and Taylor were little girls, they were the cutest things ever. It was hard for me to stay mad at my little girls. They always had a way (and to a certain extent still do) to melt me into a pile of goo with their cuteness. And, when my girls put like 4 a’s in Daddy and it comes out of sweet little girl’s mouth as “Daaaady”. You know you’re done and finished and washed up at that point. Awwww! So cuuuute! But there were times where their behavior went beyond cuteness and punishment was required. And I would have to bring out “The Black Spirit of Power”, otherwise known as my belt. They know they had violated the rules at that point. The Black Spirit of Power (BSOP) was the ultimate authority on the boundaries of behavior beyond which they could not traverse. Over the years of growing up, the girls learned what a BSOP invokable offense was and did their best to steer clear of those behaviors. As parents, we do not really grasp that it is from us that our kids learn the difference between right and wrong, between no consequences and consequences. We are our children’s ultimate authority when they are growing up. As parents, often, we do not see the forest for the trees in this area because we are so busy just trying to get through life with small children which can be downright challenging at times. But when you sit back and think about it, the responsibility that we have as parents can boggle your mind. It is the environment that we provide to our kids, the things that we teach them (both intentionally and unintentionally), and the use of our authority over them that molds them into the people they will be as a adults and for the rest of their lives. It’s scary to think about. I am thankful to the Lord indeed that I did not screw my kids up too badly and that they have grown up into well-adjusted young women. Someone once said, “If your kids grow up and have not murdered anyone and are reasonably well-adjusted, then you did a pretty good job as a parent!” That is a rather extreme or hyperbolic statement, but there is truth in that if you have raised kids into adulthood that are well adjusted considering all the mistakes we make as parents through our own shortcomings, then, we have indeed done a good job. So, when you look upon your small children that you may have right now, soak in the fact that you are their ultimately authority on everything at this point in their lives. You have an awesome responsibility but yet an awesome opportunity. Always have an eye to the future with your kids of the man or woman that you want them to be – not just see the moment of anger or frustration.

 

It is that idea of being the ultimate authority that I think of when we again read today, Matthew 28:16-20. Let’s read this passage again today and look closely at v. 18:

 

 

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped 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, baptizing 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.”

 

Yesterday, we talked about how Jesus will come closer to us when are open to who He is. Even in our doubts, He will come closer to us. Today, let’s take that a step further. The reason we can worship Jesus as Lord and Savior is because He has all the authority of heaven in His hands. He is of the same essence of the Father and the Holy Spirit. He and the Father and the Holy Spirit are one. Jesus is God in the flesh. When he says something we can trust it. When He guides us in a certain direction we can trust it. When He goes on ahead of us to blaze the trail for us, we can follow it with trust. He is God. He is the ultimate authority in our lives. Just as He desired here in this scene to give His disciples all confidence in the commission He was about to give them, He can do that for us. We can trust Jesus to lead us because He has authority. He is God. He is trustworthy and true. Even in the tough times of our lives where God is chiseling our impurities away as part of our sanctification through the Holy Spirit, we can trust that there is a point to it all. We may not always like it, but He is our Parent, our perfect Parent. He knows what is best for us.

 

Just as we as earthly parents have full authority over our children and to them we know everything under the sun and they depend us on for their survival. We are the same way with the Lord. As we pass through this life, He will lead us to what He wants us to do for the kingdom. We can trust everything that the Lord is teaching us and in that is making us ready for what He has prepared for us. When He thinks we are ready for what He has ready for us, He will give us our own great commission. May we all learn to trust in the Lord for He has the full authority of Heaven. He is our ultimate authority in whom we place our trust.

 

Amen and Amen.

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