Mark 16:19 – When the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere.
Jesus prepared His disciples for three and a half years. He gave them some final instructions and then was “received up into heaven” to be seated next to His Father. Please notice that Jesus was “received.” As believers, we have been received as well. “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). Both Jesus had worked and His Father had worked (John 5:17). Now it was time for the disciples to go to work. Our work must come out of what the Father and the Son have done. It comes from their resting position, seated in heaven.
The “Work” is finished but, as His disciples, we are cleaning up the mess in the lives of those for whom Jesus died and rose again. We are His “workers”! The starting point for our work is to be His witnesses. “You will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning” (John 15:27). It started with the apostles testifying of the Lord’s finished work for Israel. Paul took the message to the Gentiles through the revelation that God had extended salvation to all peoples in the earth. We have received the “witness” of the apostles if we have put our faith in God’s finished work in Christ Jesus, the Lord. We not only have received salvation, but are on assignment to declare to others that, Christ is Alive and Reigns over the nations.
Receiving of the Lord implies responsibility. His salvation is free in the sense that God purchased us with the shed blood of His Son. Jesus freely gave His life for the sins of the world. In receiving God’s salvation, we are submitting ourselves to His authority over our lives. He is now our King! His mandate to the apostles and now applies to us, “Go” into the entire world. “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). The Gospel of Mark says they “preached everywhere” (Mark 16:19).
Father, I thank You for my salvation in Christ Jesus. Help me to be faithful in my responsibility to share with others what You have accomplished through Your Son. Thank You for the authority I have received because of Your finished work. I commit myself to finish the work You have called me to accomplish. I rest in Your power and not my own strength!