(Red-letter portions of the New Testament)

Matthew 28:19, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

When we were kids we used to say, “You’re not the boss of me.” “Who died and made you boss?” At the start of our nation, there was a slogan, “Don’t tread on me.”

There have always been questions about who has the authority to do what. Or who calls the shots. The question of authority is debated, especially with the present health crisis.

Do governors or health officials have the authority to set aside God-given rights acknowledged by the U.S. Constitution? Do counties have the authority to ignore executive orders that are beyond their legal date? Do cities have the authority to reopen businesses and churches closed by the state?

Do state’s attorneys have the authority to decide who they will and will not prosecute? Do local school boards have the authority for their own districts?

A lot of these questions about authority may come down to a decision by a judge. So, even then, is that judge the final authority of who has authority?

Jesus made one thing clear. He has all authority in heaven and earth. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Bible says “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11.)

We can squabble all we want about who has the authority to do what. But it has already been decided. Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth.

The question is, when will those who claim authority on earth acknowledge Jesus as their authority, and let Him be in charge of all they do? When will we?

Will we acknowledge Jesus has the authority over every area of our lives, willingly, now? Or will we wait until we are forced to acknowledge His authority on judgment day?

Don’t forget, Jesus’ authority is tempered by His love for us. Will we accept His loving authority and love him back, with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength?

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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