Jesus said, “All authority on heaven and earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18.
This is an amazing claim when one considers that “All Authority” includes political authority, economic authority, social authority, and cultural authority. Positively audacious!
In the natural, Jesus doesn’t even have authority over his own body. The Roman centurions clobbered it and crucified it. Jesus’ followers faced failure. All the disciples’ dreams were carried away and buried in the same tomb with Jesus.
Grief. Disgrace. Vulnerability. Loss of a beloved friend and teacher. Human judgments. All seemed lost to the followers of Christ.
Three days later came the first physical sighting of a risen Jesus. Some saw this. Even so, not all believed. It still didn’t make sense. The significance wasn’t fully revealed and the truth was being processed through human emotions and human understanding levels. The supernatural receptors hadn’t been fully turned to receive and understand the revelation of what was unfolding before their eyes.
Now, after 2000 years, humans are still striving for a deeper understanding of the significance of this statement. It contains the key that links understanding heaven’s operating system. Jesus taught us to pray “Be it is on earth as it is in heaven.” When we see miracles that defy the natural conditions of earth, we know we’ve caught a glimpse of glory.
Jesus shared some of this authority when he sent out the disciples in Luke 10:19. “Behold I have given you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall in any means harm you.” Some saints walk in this authority and it grabs people’s attention. We see the evidence of Jesus’ power when demons are cast out, people are healed, and lives are restored through prayer in Jesus’ name.
Is there more to this audacious statement for us to understand and learn and act on? May this season of lent before Easter bring more revelation to the significance of Jesus’ claim.