The message given to the disciples by the Lord on that mountain of Galilee was the most glorious one conceivable to the minds of men.  “All power,” said He, “is given to Me in heaven and in earth.”  This was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Psalm 2, where the Father addressed the Son and told Him that at His request He would give Him power over the kingdoms, including the authority to break His enemies with a rod of iron.  Now indeed Christ is declared to be the Son of God with power.   

God has always exercised sovereign authority over the kingdoms of men.  Abraham called Him “the Judge of all the earth,” and Job declared, “He increaseth the nations, and straiteneth them again.”  David said, “Our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased.”  Heathen king Nebuchadnezzar was ultimately compelled to acknowledge that God alone does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and that none can challenge Him in this right.  Now we see that same power ascribed to God by patriarchs and prophets claimed by the Lord Jesus Christ.  Surely, it is not robbery for Him to be equal with God, because He is God’s Son, equal with Him in nature, and fully capable of exercising divine power over all things.  This authority the Lord uses to break the kingdoms of the heathen, to sustain His church, and preserve them from destruction.  Had it not been for the power of the Lord Jesus, either Rome pagan or Rome papal should have destroyed His true church long ago.  But a remnant has yet been preserved, and the increase of His government and peace continues perpetually.