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God has a goal for me. I have authority to carry it out.
Now that is some good news.
Jesus was on a mission. He wanted everyone to hear the good news (aka the Gospel). He wouldn’t stop until they had the chance. Am I on the same mission? Jesus is moved by the fact they aren’t enough “good news workers”.
As Son of God, Jesus demonstrated his authority by miraculously healing everyone. Jesus is in charge. His good news is not just about words. I need to understand and experience his healing power.
Jesus is moved by the challenge of getting his message out. It breaks his heart. Jesus challenges me to pray for more workers. The world is hungry for good news and the healing of Jesus. I must do my part.
Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”
Source: Matthew 9:35-38
Pontius Pilate was the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judaea from AD 26–36. He served under Emperor Tiberius. Essentially he was a Governor in the Roman empire. He is the highest political authority in Jerusalem at the time.
Jesus is standing before him. It is a life or death conversation. The Jewish high Priests want him crucified and out of the way. Pilate is trying to find a way out. He is hoping Jesus will help him out of this dilemma.
Pilate told them he couldn’t find anything wrong with him. The Jews answered, “We have a law, and by that law he must die because he claimed to be the Son of God.”
So there Jesus stood. Pilate seeks to interrogate him again. Jesus doesn’t answer. Imaging that. No answer. Just stands there.
Jesus will not be interrogated. Is it then unusual that when I cry out “Why God” I hear birds chirping. Jesus is the Son of God. I need to understand that. If I am not getting an answer then maybe I need to focus on who is in charge. It isn’t me! Who am I to question Jesus? I am to pray, May your will be done.
Pilate tries another approach. He now pulls out the “authority card”.
How did that work?
Jesus lets Pilate know that Pilate has no authority over Jesus. None. Not a bit. The only authority Pilate has is given him by God. (Note: a lesson for our partisan politics).
When Pilate heard this, he became even more scared. He went back into the palace and said to Jesus, “Where did you come from?”
Jesus gave no answer.
Pilate said, “You won’t talk? Don’t you know that I have the authority to pardon you, and the authority to—crucify you?”
Jesus said, “You haven’t a shred of authority over me except what has been given you from heaven. That’s why the one who betrayed me to you has committed a far greater fault.”
Source: John 19:8-11
It is stunning and kicks my rear end, but Jesus doesn’t have to answer my questions. Jesus is the Son of God and he answers to no one but his Heavenly Father.
Source: Luke 20:1-8
Does it sound like we’re patting ourselves on the back, insisting on our credentials, asserting our authority? Well, we’re not. Neither do we need letters of endorsement, either to you or from you. You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. The Messiah himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it. ~~2 Corinthians 3:1-3
May I live today in the power of God’s Spirit and His authority.
May that be all I need.
Is Jesus a respectable religious leader?
May I know that God is God.
Jesus does what He sees the Father doing.
May I do the same.
With Jesus I am faced with a choice.
Jesus greatest desire and passion is that I accept Him and the life he has to offer me.
“I came with the authority of my Father, and you either dismiss me or avoid me.” ~~Jesus (John 5:41-44 The Message)
Jesus is radical.
Here is the mandate from Jesus.
“I’ve come to start a fire on this earth! I’ve come to change everything, turn everything right side up! Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I’ve come to disrupt and confront! From now on, when you find five in a house, it will be— three against two, and two against three; Father against son, and son against father; Mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; Mother-in-law against bride, and bride against mother-in-law.” ~~Jesus (Luke 12)
I am a citizen of the country of God. Jesus is in charge. Jesus is my absolute ruler.
The United States of America is a government under God. I should be a good citizen which I interpret to mean I should vote. I will.
God will have his way, ultimately, no matter who is elected. God has a plan and it will be accomplished. God knows who is going to be elected. I can relax. I can be at peace.
Jesus, his son, is in control of God’s country. That is what matters.
Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
Jesus has given me His authority. I am His ambassador to His world (Kingdom) here on earth.
I fully represent Jesus. If this world rejects Jesus they reject God who sent Him.
Jesus calls on me, in fact demands of me, to get this deep in my soul. When I command things to happen, in the name of Jesus, they happen.
I represent Him. Lock, stock and barrel. No doubts about it. Jesus said so.
The one who listens to you, listens to me. The one who rejects you, rejects me. And rejecting me is the same as rejecting God, who sent me. ~Jesus
Is Jesus, the Messiah, dominating more today than the day before? Is Jesus dominating every interest in my life? Is it happening?
So here is a check list:
Jesus has authority over everything. To the demons He says “Get out” and they do. They know who Jesus is. They obey Him.
They also know why Jesus had come. Jesus, my Master, came to destroy the evil ones. And Jesus has. Jesus died for me. Jesus was buried like a man. Jesus, the son of our Heavenly Father, was raised up from the dead. Jesus is victorious. Jesus ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God, ruling over all things.
Then they entered Capernaum. When the Sabbath arrived, Jesus lost no time in getting to the meeting place. He spent the day there teaching. They were surprised at his teaching—so forthright, so confident—not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars.
Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, “What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you’re up to! You’re the Holy One of God, and you’ve come to destroy us!”
Jesus shut him up: “Quiet! Get out of him!” The afflicting spirit threw the man into spasms, protesting loudly—and got out.
I love to plan. It is a passion of mine. It is comforting to me. It provides me the illusion that I am in control. I love to think that if I know where I am going (have a goal), I can figure out how to get there (a strategy). Much of my work is based on this premise. I make money off of it.
I am not alone in this thinking. Just read all the books and internet articles on the topic. We all have been sold this bill of goods.
God knows better. God is God and God is in control. Jesus has been given all authority from his Father. Jesus challenges us to accept him as our Master. Jesus wants to be in control.
God has a goal for me. It is God’s goal and not mine. God will accomplish it. God wants me to take on my part of what he wants to accomplish.
I need to change my mind (repent) about all of this. The culture of planning and success is wrong. God is going to have the last word.
Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.
Wow, after all that time. Imagine what Phillip has seen Jesus do firsthand. How the words of our Lord must have stung. But it wasn’t cruelty. It was love.
Jesus, the Messiah and our Master, was answering Philip’s question. And He wanted to be clear. And He was. What was happening wasn’t the ordinary. It was a new plan unfolding. It was good news even if it didn’t feel like it some days.
Jesus is challenging me to change my mind about who is in control. God’s goal for me is to know his son Jesus.
Jesus authority is now established. It is real. I must keep leaning into His power. I must keep the relationship in tact. I must know Him. Now.
Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. John 14:9-11
Jesus quotes God’s word and then uses his authority to send Satan on his way. Jesus has given us the same authority. We are in the new plan with God. Jesus brokered the agreement.
May I use the authority of Jesus.
“Beat it, Satan!” ~~Jesus (Matthew 4:10 The Message)
Jesus has a mission for us. He commissioned us. He commanded us to do it. He demands we pay attention. This isn’t optional. So let us pay attention to what He wants.
His mission for us starts with go out and train. The audience is everyone near and far. What a wonderful time we live in right now. If we see our mission as a digital ministry, we have the tools to go out and train, near and far. Not only do we have some amazing tools today, the pace of change is accelerating so fast that the new tools that will come in the next few years will make our heads spin. They don’t make God’s head spin though. It is His intent that we use them to make disciples all over the world.
What an amazing God we serve.
So … here starts the manifesto for the digital ministry. Fasten your seat belts, it may be a bumpy ride but God will use us when we listen to Him about this exciting world. Let’s not hold back, risking ourselves totally.
Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.
Source: (Matthew 28:15-20 The Message)
We live in a world where we must respond to others and take orders. We have bosses, police, parents, teachers and the list goes on.
It is a matter of the heart. Do we have a heart that respects authority? If so, we are wise.
There is another side of this. Do we come unglued when someone in authority asks us to do something? King Solomon concludes we have an empty head. As my dad would say, “That is not right bright”.
God’s goal for us for us to obey. Obey authority here and in heaven.
“A wise heart takes orders; an empty head will come unglued.” ~~King Solomon (Proverbs 10:8)
We know it is true. Jesus rocks. He is amazing. His love for us can’t be compared to anyone or anything else.
He gave up living in Heaven with his heavenly Father and came to our world to show us that love.
He willingly died for us.
He has been resurrected from the grave.
He now has his rightful place of honor seated next to God. All authority has been given over to Him. God is God. He does what He wants and He wanted to do this.
Yes, Jesus ROCKS!! It is so true.
God is great. Nothing is impossible for Him. Jesus shows us how great God is and what a good mood God is in.
Imagine this. One day Jesus arrives in the country of Gerasenes by boat. As Jesus got out of the boat, a madman from the cemetery came up to him. He lived there among the tombs and graves. No one could restrain him—he couldn’t be chained, couldn’t be tied down. He had been tied up many times with chains and ropes, but he always broke the chains, snapped the ropes. No one was strong enough to tame him. Night and day he roamed through the graves and the hills, screaming out and slashing himself with sharp stones. This is one terrifying dude. See him on the street and you are definitely crossing over to the other side.
When he saw Jesus a long way off, he ran and bowed in worship before him—then bellowed in protest, “What business do you have, Jesus, Son of the High God, messing with me? I swear to God, don’t give me a hard time!” (Jesus had just commanded the tormenting evil spirit, “Out! Get out of the man!”)
Jesus asked him to tell Him his name. He replied, “My name is Mob. I’m a rioting mob.” Then he desperately begged Jesus not to banish them from the country. A large herd of pigs was browsing and rooting on a nearby hill. The demons begged him, “Send us to the pigs so we can live in them.” Jesus gave the order. But it was even worse for the pigs than for the man. Crazed, they stampeded over a cliff into the sea and drowned. Those tending the pigs, scared to death, bolted and told their story in town and country. Everyone wanted to see what had happened. They came up to Jesus and saw the madman sitting there wearing decent clothes and making sense, no longer a walking madhouse of a man.
Those who had seen it told the others what had happened to the demon-possessed man and the pigs. At first they were in awe—and then they were upset, upset over the drowned pigs. They demanded that Jesus leave and not come back. As Jesus was getting into the boat, the demon-delivered man begged to go along, but he wouldn’t let him. Jesus said, “Go home to your own people. Tell them your story—what the Master did, how he had mercy on you.” The man went back and began to preach in the Ten Towns area about what Jesus had done for him. He was the talk of the town.
Jesus is in control, always. There is no nasty demon that He can’t send packing. They obey him and we must know it.
“Tell me your name.” ~~Jesus to the demons in a man. (Mark 5:9-10)
Oh my goodness. Jesus has everything. It is a great gift from His Father. All authority, power, love. Everything!! Nothing is lacking in Him. Their relationship is like none other. Only that kind of love can produce a world for us that is different than what we know today.
Do we believe that Jesus has it all? I know I don’t always act like it. I rely on my own capabilities. That only gets me so far. And it is not God’s goal for me. He wants me to rely on His son Jesus.
Jesus is the way to God. Jesus is the way to success in God’s world.
Jesus has it all. Nothing is impossible or lacking. May I know it and live that way.
“I’ve been given it all by my Father! Only the Father knows who the Son is and only the Son knows who the Father is.” ~~Jesus (Luke 10:22)
Who is Jesus? The very Son of God who, as man, died for us and is now resurrected. But in His resurrection, God has put Him in charge of everything. Nothing is exempt at all. Not a single thing.
So, how long will he be in charge? Imagine billions and billions of years. Imagine it never ending. That is hard to get my mind around some days because this is a world where things come to an end. In Jesus, who is in charge of everything forever, I live and have the same life. This is His gift to me.
God is God. He is in charge. He has given all authority to His Son Jesus, our Master. He is the Messiah.
All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. Ephesians 1:20 via Ephesians | YouVersion.
Some days we get excited about the wrong thing. What matters is God’s complete rule in our life. What mattes is His presence in my relationships.
Yes, we have authority and can exercise it. But that isn’t what is important. We must remember that daily. Doing what God wants is the key. Jesus demands that we submit to what God wants to do. This isn’t about us. It isn’t about what we want. It is all about God. God is God. It is all about what He wants. In God’s government (Kingdom), he is sovereign.
“The great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God’s authority over you and presence with you.” ~Jesus (Luke 10:18-20 The Message)
Here are the key ideas:
I live and work in a world where authority comes from a vote or an appointment. I see, every day, titles of people who have been “hired” or appointed to do something. Is that where my authority comes from? No, my authority, if I have any whatsoever, comes from God.
That is all there is to know. In God’s world (and that is the world I really live in), He is in control. He makes the appointments. My authority comes from Him. That is all there is to it but it is way to easy to forget that. God is God. He, and He alone, gives authority to whom He chooses. It is not up to us.
I, Paul, and my companions in faith here, send greetings to the Galatian churches. My authority for writing to you does not come from any popular vote of the people, nor does it come through the appointment of some human higher-up. It comes directly from Jesus the Messiah and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.
Here are the key ideas: