The Great Commission, to “go and make disciples of all nations,” (Matthew 28:19-20) is preceded and established on the basis of the all-encompassing truth in our previous point: Jesus has earned, and has received, a position of ultimate power.
The message of the Kingdom of God comes with the complete backing of the One Who came to install the way and the means of that message. This message, in its proper form, comes with a demonstration of the One Who empowers that message. Jesus did not come to merely proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom – He came to display the power and authority of the King of that Kingdom. The great things that He did bore witness to the greatness of the King of that Kingdom.
“You shall be My witnesses” (Acts 1:8) is confirmed by what we see from the disciples, in the Book of Acts. The disciples’ actions confirm that what was seen in and through Jesus, remains His intended mode of operation throughout the extent of His reign. He still desires to do “great things” – and He desires to do those things through the ones who are devoted to Him.
The “greater things” Jesus promised will occur because He departed from us, to be seated at the right hand of the Father – and because He has taken up the mantle of all authority on heaven and earth. This mantle is now meant to be displayed through His people, spreading out all over the world, proclaiming and demonstrating the power and authority of this King’s Kingdom, as He directs.
The Kingdom of God is not just life-changing words – it is also life-changing works, initiated and empowered by The Christ, through those who are captivated by His love and mercy. This forms the very foundation of The Church – a force that the “gates of Hades cannot prevail against.” (see Matthew 16:18!) Jesus departed from us, to bring the fullness of God’s power and authority to us, and through us – that He might be multiplied, exponentially, to every corner of the globe.
Only through Jesus, now seated in the position of ultimate authority and power, are His people authorized and empowered to spread out all over the earth and fulfill the Great Commission. Only through Jesus can God’s people experience what Jesus foretold: “Anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”