In our world today, everyone seems to be fighting for a position of authority. Meaning they want to be the one in charge, the one to call the shots, the one whom people should listen to. Many times, we are stuck in between people or political parties fighting, trying to show why they either should have authority or do have authority. When reflecting over the idea of authority I was struck by Jesus in the first chapter of the gospel of Mark. In 1:22 and 27 it states:
“The people were amazed at his (Jesus) teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority…What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”
Did you catch what is happening here? Jesus is traveling around preaching and healing. People are in shock and awe because Jesus is not just doing this because he has some skill or training but rather because he has true authority. I want you to note that when Jesus encounters a demon possessed person, both in the first chapter of Mark and all other situations they know that Jesus has ultimate authority. In fact, Jesus doesn’t even speak at first, the demons beg him for mercy. The very presence of Jesus shouts to the demons who is really in charge.
Why do I want to note this today? It is easy to be caught up in all the battles in our world and culture for who has authority and who is in charge, but this passage is a reminder of who really is in charge. Jesus has ultimate authority and one day every knee shall bow.
“…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father…” (Philippians 2:10-11)
No matter what is happening in your life right now, trust in King Jesus is the one really in charge and with real authority. One of my favorite Psalms in Psalm 2. In the Psalm it talks about all the nations and how powerful they think they are. In response to how powerful they think they are the Psalmist states, “The One enthroned in heaven laughs…” Why? Because He is the one on the throne, He is the one with authority, He is the one in charge…no one else. It doesn’t matter how smart, powerful or political someone is, no one stands above God and no one can take over God’s throne. He sit enthroned forever.