“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘all authority in heaven and earth is given to Me.’” Matthew 28:18 “He called His twelve disciples to Him and gave them authority to drive out evil (unclean) spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. ‘As you go, preach this message: “The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.”’” Matthew 10:1,7-8a “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, He gave them power and authority to drive out demons and to cure diseases and He sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” Luke 9:1-2 Jesus has authority. When He walked on this earth, He had authority, all authority in heaven and on earth. All things were subject to Him. He healed the sick, cast out demons and raised the dead. And… He gave this authority to His disciples. What about us? He has given gifts to the church, and to each of us, to use to heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead. We are not here on earth, saved and sanctified, to just take up space. We have a commission from our Lord, Jesus. “And He called His ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, ‘Occupy till I come.’” (Luke 19:13 KJV). We are here, with the authority of Jesus, to first preach the Kingdom of God. We are here to tell others of their need to know the Savior. We are here to tell them about eternity and their place in it. We are also here to heal the sick, drive out demons and raise the dead. Jesus has given us authority. This is part of the Great Commission also. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20). “He said unto them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow them that believe: In My Name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.’” (Mark 16:13-18). This is the authority Jesus has given to us. We are to occupy this world, active in preaching the Good News of salvation to people and healing their minds and bodies. God will set people free as we minister to them. First salvation then freedom from the “wages of sin” which is death. So, let’s be committed to the great commission and remember that we have all authority because of our adoption as children of God. (John 1:12).