Matthew 28:18-19a NIV “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go [in the power of my name]…”
After Jesus was raised up from the dead, He gathered His disciples together and told them the story of His victory. In summary, He said “all authority” or all power had been given to Him. All the power is invested in His name, and He authorized His disciples to go in the authority His name to make disciples, heal the sick, and cast out devils (Mark 16:15-20). Paul in describing the authority invested in Jesus said, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” (Col.2:9-10)
The writer in Hebrews says, “so he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.” (Heb.1:4). When did He inherit this name? Was it when He was born? No! The Scripture suggests to us that there was a name that was reserved for someone who will be worthy of the name. Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given…” A child was born, but later a Son was given. It was given to Him when He was resurrected! Because the writer of Hebrew goes on to say “For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”” (Heb.1:5).
Jesus took upon Himself the the sins of humanity, was crucified, buried, and suffered the eternal punishment for humanity’s sake. When He had satisfied the claims of justice, God, who is judge of the Supreme Court of the Universe said, “Enough!”. Vindicated Him and raised Him from the dead. Not only was He risen, He was then given, a name; by conferral (Phil.2:9) bestowal (Eph.1:17-20), and inheritance (Heb.1:4), which is the highest name of authority in the world. Jesus then turned around and gave you the right to use the name for your every need and in the expansion of the kingdom of God. That’s a staggering thought, but it is nonetheless true!
Scriptures to Meditate: Joh.11:25-26, Rom.1:4-5; 6:8-11, Phil.3:10-12, 1 Pet.1:3