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AUTHORITY!

I remember as a child that I often argued with my friends, “You’re not the boss of me!” This, more than not, is the attitude displayed by many who claim to pertain to Jesus Christ. They claim to love the Lord, as long as it doesn’t interfere with what they want, desire, or like.
There seems to be a strange disconnect in the minds of the children of God as to what exactly the authority of Jesus Christ truly represents, and what our understanding of it should be.
I hope this short note clarifies, and helps.
 
Matthew 8:5-13
Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,
6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.
8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.”
 
A centurion is a commander of a hundred men, the sixth part of a legion in the Roman army. Here we note that the fame of the Lord had reached the ears of all classes of people, even a Gentile officer in the Roman army.
The centurion having an understanding of the wonderful things that the Lord had been engaged in refers to Him as “Lord” (one with authority or rule). As the centurion was not a disciple of Jesus, the term “Lord” is directed at what he knew about this great work and His power.
The centurion does not want the Lord to come to his home, as he does not feel worthy to entertain one with His authority. In the next verse he proves that this statement did not come from a desire to flatter.
“Under authority” and “Under me”; is a powerful statement of clarity. The centurion had the power to give commands to servants and soldiers alike, even though he was under the authority of another. He, on the other hand, recognized that Jesus commanded authority and was under no one on this earth. Hence, He could exercise unrestricted authority.
This concise understanding has led the Lord to admire the centurion’s faith (trust) in His authority. The centurion has recognized something that even those whom the Lord has come to; have not recognized, even in the presence of the signs and wonders surrounding His work. He has the authority of God (Jesus – John 3:34-36; Acts 2:22, 36).
Just as the Lord would use this man as a lesson to those who followed Him, and to those whom He had come (Mathew 15:24); and it is likewise an example to you and me.
 
When we believe to the point that we have implicit trust in His commands; His authority over our own, we also can be the beneficiaries of His great power to heal and save!
 
Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
John 14:15If you love Me, keep My commandments.
Hebrews 5:8-9 “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”
1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”
2 John 9 “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.”
 
The Divine authority of Jesus the Christ, as given Him by the Father, is undisputed; however, it is also unique, in that His authority is beneficial to those whom He is over!
 
In addition to being Lord and Christ, He is also our High Priest (Hebrews 10:19-21), our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25), and our Mercy Seat (1 John 2:1-2).
 
To reap the benefits of the authority of Jesus Christ; like the centurion, simply trust and submit!