Authority often rubs us up the wrong way at times. We bulk at authority and resist authority. When it comes to our relationship with God sometimes we don’t like the fact that God has authority over us. It goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. God says to Adam and Eve – live it up in the Garden but don’t mess with this one tree. They didn’t want to be told what to do because they wanted to be God themselves. Jesus’ name is backed up by His authority, but here is the question, when it comes to Jesus’ authority in your life, how do you respond to that?
The Bible teaches that our authority comes to us by sitting under his authority. This is the teaching in Ephesians when Paul says,
“I pray 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 his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ 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 name that is invoked, 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”.
Paul goes on to say that we are seated with Christ in the Heavenly Realms.
Jesus also confirmed this when he healed the servant of the Centurion in Matthew 8 v 8 – 9. This Roman military leader realised that his authority came from being under God’s authority. We can only release the benefit of God’s rule flowing through us to the degree that His rule is over us
Jesus’ expresses His authority in three ways. We see this from Mark 1 v 21 – 34
They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Firstly, Authority inTeaching – Jesus started teaching in Nazareth, his hometown, and in the synagogue and then the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus was kicked out of Nazareth and then he went to the Synagogue in Capernaum. Jesus is always on the Sabbath in the Synagogue. The Synagogue taught legalism (A list of what to do and what not to do) and that is what people expected, but when Jesus taught he taught about freedom, healing and God’s Favour. There was an authority in His teaching – he knew what the Word of God truly meant. Jesus knew scripture really well but he also knew the application of scripture. Jesus knew what it was like to live life at that time – 30 years of life experience – and he knew how to apply scripture to life, work, marriage, family and things that matter. When Jesus spoke people listened. The purpose of his teaching was to set people free where the purpose of the teaching in the Synagogue was to bind people up and keep them suppressed. People were amazed at his teaching.
Secondly, Authority over Evil Spirits – when he was teaching a person manifests evil spirits and the evil spirit recognises that Jesus is the “HOLY ONE”. Demons respect Jesus even more than humans do. The people were amazed that Jesus had authority over evil spirits. The idea here is that Jesus muzzled the evil spirit and then commanded it to come out – Jesus wanted back the man who the devil had possessed. The evil spirit resisted but the man was delivered.
Thirdly, Authority in Healing the Sick – The place went crazy because the people saw the sick healed. He heals someone with a fever. News spread everywhere that Jesus had healed someone and people brought the sick for healing – this was after the Sabbath at sunset. Can you imagine people watching for the sun to set at their doors so they could get to Jesus and put their lives under his authority?
How do we do when it comes to putting or lives under his authority? – Do we run to him to be under his authority? When you get out of bed who has authority over your life?