The Authority of Jesus
November 10, 2020
All things have been handed over to Me by My Father. . . . (Matthew 11:27).
God the Father has given to Jesus the authority to carry out His plan for all of creation. All matters regarding the universe have been placed under His power and authority. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand (John 3:35). Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life (John 17:1-2). And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). And He (the Father) put all things in subjection under His (Jesus Christ’s) feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1:22-23).
Jesus will continue to reign in sovereign authority over all creation until the end of time. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all (1 Corinthians 15:20-28).
Jesus Christ is not only Sovereign Lord over creation, but also the High Priest of the Christian and the Christian church. The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself (Hebrews 7:23-27).
“Father, the mystery of the Godhead remains in my mind and heart, but the power and unity between You, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit is a glorious thing to behold and experience. I praise You for sending Your Holy Spirit to me so that I may know Jesus Christ personally, and by knowing Him I have come to know You personally. Thank You that Jesus is not only my Lord and Savior, but also my High Priest who intercedes for me before Your throne, and who ministers to me from Your throne. I am forever grateful to You for Your love and salvation, Amen.”