Dear Church Family,
Today we are continuing our new series on Jesus’ vision for the church. For many believers, the Great Commission is the first teaching which comes to mind when we talk about the church, and rightfully so. Today we are going to examine the first part of this Great Commission which Jesus gave to the apostles on the day he ascended into heaven to reign over His Kingdom.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 ESV (emphasis mine)
Jesus reigns! There is no authority in heaven or on the earth which is not subject to the authority of Christ! While we may agree that there should be a separation of church and state, yet the state is equally subject to the reign of Christ. So when God’s word condemns murder, the state must outlaw murder, including abortion. Christ is King over all. The state does not have the authority to redefine marriage, Christ created marriage and He reigns over all. Everything we do is either in submission to Christ, or it is in opposition to Christ. This is the first declaration of every believer, and it is the central declaration of the church (see Romans 10:9).
All true believers have declared not only that Christ reigns over all, but also that we have surrendered to His Lordship. We must recognize Christ is Lord when we vote, when we choose a spouse, when we work, and when we serve. We must submit our time, energy, and money to Christ, for He is our King! How much more than must we recognize His absolute authority over the church. We exist to do His good will, regardless of whether it is popular!
If the church does not recognize Christ as King, then we will be unable to do anything which brings honor and glory to Christ. No wonder the first part of our Great Commission is the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Let us pray that God’s Kingdom will come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Let us pray for the courage to live as faithful subjects of King Jesus. Amen.