God’s Authority

“For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”—Matthew 7:29 (KJV)


There was something undeniably different about Jesus when He walked this world. 


Even His staunchest enemies couldn’t argue that He possessed a quality they had never experienced in anyone before. When He spoke, there was a power behind His words. When He taught, there was a sense of focused assurance that you just didn’t hear with anyone else. And when He touched people who were afflicted with disease or demons . . . well, there was no denying that life on earth was colliding with something fantastically foreign.


For the most part, people were perplexed by all of this. They couldn’t explain it any more than a gnat can explain nuclear fission—they just recognized the fact that it was happening. People with incurable diseases were walking around as though they had brand new bodies, blank spaces in people’s understanding about God were being filled at a rapid rate, and there were even reports of the dead being brought back to life! Something other-worldly surrounded all that this Man from Nazareth said and did.      


This side of the story, we understand what was happening. Jesus, being God in human flesh, possessed the divine authority that truly stood out when compared to all other humans! When He spoke, He spoke with definitive omniscience (knowing everything that can be known). When He raised His hands to heal, He did so with infinite omnipotence (having complete control over all creation).


But He didn’t even need to raise His hands! In fact, in John’s Gospel, at the Pool of Bethesda, we see Jesus extinguishing an affliction that had consumed a man for thirty-eight years by simply saying: “Take up your bed and walk” (John 5:11 NKJV).


Sometimes, we just need to bask in the glow of theology . . . this is one of those times.  The theological truth in this case is that Jesus, the Jesus that we belong to and in whom our lives are kept, possesses all power and authority! He holds the keys to hell and death (Revelation 1:18). All issues end with Him, and He is the One that everyone ultimately answers to . . . without exception! 


There’s no greater authority than Jesus, and that’s a reality that deserves to be remembered and reckoned with throughout this day and night!


DIG: What did the life of Jesus demonstrate?

DISCOVER: Why do we need to “bask” in this?

DISPLAY: As you pray today, remember to ask the Lord to help you live in the reality of Christ’s authority; to remind you of this fact each and every time you feel prideful, rebellious, hopeless, and/or helpless.

About the Author

Pastor Dan Hickling

Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.