Yes Lord

“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18, NASB95)

The modern world detests authority but worships relevance.
Our Christian conviction is that the Bible has both authority
and relevance, and that the secret of both is Jesus Christ
John Stott

Authority is the right and prerogative to rule and govern others. It is the right to regulate and control activities of people or creation, placing such things under subjection to the one who has authority. Throughout the Bible, authority is discussed and demonstrated by God, who has ultimate authority and delegates His authority to His Son, people, and even angels. God’s authority is absolute, and He exercises His authority with righteousness and pure justice. God expects His delegates to follow suit and exercise authority in the same way that God exercises authority.

Jesus Christ is the ultimate authority over all other authorities, powers, and rulers. Jesus has authority over all sickness and the human condition; therefore, Jesus can heal. Jesus has the authority to judge humanity; therefore, Jesus saves or condemns. Jesus has authority over life and death; therefore, Jesus can raise the dead to life or cast the living into eternal damnation. Jesus came to earth and demonstrated His authority and then created delegates to represent Him in this world. The first people that were given this responsibility were the eleven disciples plus Paul. From that group of twelve, the church was born, and the delegation of authority continued.

The modern world rejects authority and especially the authority of God. Nevertheless, their rejection does not change the fact that Jesus has all authority. Human defiance does not diminish divine authority. The church is called to live in subjection to divine authority and then represent that authority to the world. If we want the Kingdom of God to reign on earth as it is in heaven, then perhaps the church needs to do a better job of submitting to the authority of Jesus as Lord as well as Savior. May that be our heart’s prayer today, “Thy kingdom come in my heart, thy will be done in my life as it is in heaven as I submit to the Lordship of Jesus.”

Pastor Cary

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