Where Do We Go From Here?
The New Testament indicates that there were at least ten appearances of the risen Lord, plus another some years later to the apostle Paul. In eight of these appearance accounts, Christ gives an explicit commission, and in five he commands his followers to go into all the world and preach the gospel
They are for you if you have turned from your sin to trust Jesus Christ alone for your salvation and have become his disciple. If you have, then you are to work with other Christians to lead people to faith through the preaching and teaching of the gospel, bring them into the fellowship of the church through the sacrament of baptism, and, within that fellowship, continue to teach them all that Jesus has commanded
Jesus has ALL authority
Clearly, Jesus’ authority extends to the work we are called to do, including what is demanded by the Great Commission. Because we are under Jesus’ authority we are to take his gospel to the world and “make disciples” of the nations (v. 19).