One thing that continually amazes me is that no matter how many times you have read a book in the Bible, there is always something else that the Spirit can reveal to you. Lately I’ve been working through the book of Mark and I’ve realized something that has both encouraged my mind and my heart in finding comfort in Jesus. Its something I had never really sat on, but has become a resting place for my soul. Its Jesus’ authority.
In Mark 2, when Jesus heals the paralytic, he answers the pharisees by saying “Which is easier: to say to the paralytic,’Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say,’Get up, take your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” In that time, a lot of Jewish people just thought of Jesus as another prophet. The only one who had authority to forgive sins was God himself. When Jesus forgives sins, he wasn’t just healing the broken, he was showing that he had all the authority of God because he is fully God. There’s a passage in Ephesians when Paul is praying over the Ephesians and he prays that they would come to know both the hope and power of our inheritance in Christ.
Ephesians 1:18-23: I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
I often look over this prayer because of the depth of truth that is really in it. Think about what Paul is reminding the Ephesians in his prayer. The Spirit that now lives in us is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead and seated him above everything. Not just above authority in earth, but above all authority everywhere. God placed all things under his feet. And his body, the church (that means all those fellow believers that we do life with) is the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
So why fear? Why fear when our circumstances are messed up or our plans haven’t gone according to our own expectations? Levi Lusko said it best at the Passion Conference last year, “Fear is just faith in the enemy.” When we are discouraged or we feel like God may not have the victory on this one, remember who Christ is and the power that he has. He has authority over everything, and he loves you enough to come from on high to become the lowliest of lows in order to take on the wrath of God that we so deserved. Don’t just look at the cross and see his death, look at the cross and see the Resurrection. Don’t stop at the tomb, wake up to three days later- the empty tomb.
Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'”
He has all authority. He is with us always. He is Jesus– our powerful, living Messiah.
Amber (@amber_hoot) is an author + creative at thegracescripts.com. Amber plays soccer at her college, Middle Tennessee State University, and loves the opportunity that it gives her to share the Gospel with other student athletes. Amber lives in Tennessee.