Responding to the Unmatched Authority of Jesus

Published on Jun 21, 2023
Category: Behold! | Devotion

Read the Bible in One Year: OT Judges 4-6, NT Luke 4:31-44

Luke 4:31-32 – Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.

Jesus, the Son of God has supreme power and authority over all in heaven and earth.

The Bible says, when Jesus taught His words had authority and power. The people were amazed at His teaching. They had never heard anyone teach quite like this before. His words amazed the people because they recognized a divine power unlike anything they had witnessed before. The authority of Jesus was not only evident as He taught, but also in His life. Jesus exercised His authority over a possessed man. He rebukes the demon and casts it out, revealing His power over the spiritual realm. What an awesome God!

What is our reasonable response to this amazing God of all power and authority?

Reverence and Worship: The power and authority of Jesus call for our reverence and worship. Psalm 95:6 calls us to bow down and worship, to kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Trust and Faith: The power and authority of Jesus assure us that He is capable of fulfilling His promises and guiding us in all circumstances. We respond by placing our trust and faith in Him, relying on His unchanging character (Proverbs 3:5-6). As we trust in His power, we can rest assured that He will work all things together for our good (Hebrews 11:6).

Surrender and Obedience: When we begin to grasp Jesus’ power and authority, we are compelled to surrender our lives to Him in willing obedience. By aligning our lives with His teachings and will, we demonstrate our trust in His sovereignty and our true worship (Romans 12:1).

Proclamation and Witness: The power and authority of Jesus are not meant to be kept to ourselves. We are called to proclaim His gospel and bear witness to His transformative power (Matthew 28:19-20). As recipients of His authority, we have the privilege of introducing others to the One who can bring salvation, healing, and restoration (Acts 1:8)

Jesus is the source of all power, and His authority transcends all realms. As we recognize His lordship, our lives are transformed, and we become vessels through which His power and authority can manifest. May we continually yield to His authority, trusting in His guidance and obeying His commands. And as we witness His transformative work in our lives, let us boldly share His gospel, bringing hope and salvation to a world in need.

In the face of His power and authority, are our hearts filled with awe at the Amazing Grace that we have received?

Ponder

  1. In what ways have you personally experienced the transformative power of Jesus in your life? How does His authority shape your decisions and actions?
  2. Are there any fears or doubts that hinder you from fully embracing and responding to the authority of Jesus? How can you surrender those fears and doubts to Him and step into a place of greater trust and faith?
  3. Take a moment to envision a world transformed by the power and authority of Jesus. What role can you play in bringing about that transformation through your words, actions, and prayers?

Scripture Writing: Ephesians 3:20-21

Song – Amazing Grace

For more daily devotions like this – At the Potter’s Wheel (Kindle)

Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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