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The Authority of Jesus and His Kingdom
Jesus claimed authority to forgive or pass judgement on sins - which only God can do, since God is the one that sin offends. He claimed his authority was given to him by his Father and extends to heaven and earth - the entire universe with its physical and spiritual realms. Whether we recognise Jesus as who he claimed to be or not, the Bible tells us that Jesus is in authority over us.
Jesus taught that he was establishing his Kingdom. His call from the start of his ministry was to "repent for the Kingdom of Heaven (or God) is at hand." His Kingdom is open to all who believe in him and through repentance and faith, turn to him as their "King." The sign above Jesus on the cross was "THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS." That was the charge brought against him. In reality he is King of his Heavenly Kingdom and Jews and Gentiles may enter in or remain outside. If we enter in, Jesus becomes our King; if we remain outside, we do not escape his authority but face him as our judge.
The following verses help to understand what the Bible is saying about the authority of Jesus and his Kingdom.
1. His Authority perceived by his listeners:
He was teaching them on the Sabbath day, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority.
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them with
authority, and not like the scribes.
But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
'Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I am not worthy for you to come under my roof.'
2. His Authority was beyond the understanding of the Chief Priests:
The chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, 'By what authority do you do these
things? Who gave you this authority?'
3. His Authority was over Disease:
A leper came to him, begging him, kneeling down to him, and saying to him, 'If you want to, you can make me clean.' Being
moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, 'I want to. Be made clean.'
4. His Authority was over Disability:
When he had said this, he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, anointed the blind man's eyes with the mud, and said
to him, 'Go, wash in the pool of Siloam' So he went away, washed, and came back.
5. His Authority was over Demons:
Amazement came on all, and they spoke together, one with another, saying, 'What is this word? For with authority and power he
commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!'
They were all amazed, so that they questioned amongst themselves, saying, 'What is this? A new teaching? For with authority he
commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!'
6. His Authority was over Death:
When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out!' He who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings,
and his face was wrapped around with a cloth.
7. His Authority was Given by the Father:
Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may also glorify you; even as you gave him authority over all flesh, so
he will give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
8. He was able to delegate His Authority over sickness to the Disciples:
He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every
9. His Authority Extends to Forgiveness and Judgement:
Seeing their faith, he said to him, 'Man, your sins are forgiven you.'
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.
He (God the Father) also gave him (Jesus) authority to execute judgement, because he is a son of man.
10. His Authority Is Universal:
Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.'
11. His Kingdom is of God:
Jesus answered, 'My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight,
that I wouldn't be delivered to the Jews. But now my Kingdom is not from here.'
12. His Kingdom will be universally recognised:
He has on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every
tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.