Jesus’ Authority Over All
March 19, 2017
Last week, we saw how in Nazareth, Jesus made a claim, he rendered a verdict about Himself. He said He said He is the Anointed One who fulfills Isaiah 61. In our passage today, we begin to see the evidence that supports Jesus’ claim.
Main Theme: Jesus has authority over every evil force and any enslaving foe!
Supporting Evidence #1 – Authority Over Death
- Verse 28 – “When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath.”
- They drove Him out of the town, brought Him to the edge of the cliff and with an amazing brevity of words, Luke simply declares:
- “Passing through their midst, He went away (4:30)”
- People themselves cannot bring Jesus to His death. The crowd was intent on killing Jesus , on throwing Him from the cliff. But it wasn’t Jesus’ time, and He wasn’t going to have His life taken from Him, rather, He would lay it down at the moment of His choosing19
- “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father (John 10:18).”
- Jesus has authority over His own death, and the timing of His death. No crowd, as wrathful as it may be, was going to dictate to the Son of God when He would die.
Supporting Evidence #2 – Authority In His Teaching
- Jesus’ teaching had authority like none other, because he possessed authority, like none other — “and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority (4:32).”
- Jesus “taught as one that knew the mind of God, and was commissioned to declare it.” — Matthew Henry
- Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).”
- When we declare the gospel to people, we can know that we are ambassadors of the King of the World.
- Jesus is often said to be a good teacher, a moral man–but we insult the cause and reason for Christ’s coming to say he is merely that. Jesus is not a warm, motivational speaker or philosopher. No, Jesus has the power to reverse evil! He spoke with divine authority. When He speaks, things happen! What He says, He will do! What He declares, will be so!
Supporting Evidence # 3 – Authority Over the Demonic Realm
- Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 1:9), and demons are his “henchmen” if you will.
- Jesus rebuked demon and took authority over it’s action (4:35).
- The demon obeyed the voice of Christ – and it came out.
- The demon, though it threw the man down, did not have the ability to do the man harm
- Demons flee at the power and presence of Jesus!
- The man was set free! Here Jesus demonstrated both His power over all forces of darkness and His desire to set people free from what they could not free themselves.
Supporting Evidence # 4 – Authority Over Sickness
- Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law (4:39) of a fever. When she was cured, she immediately (showing the completeness of the cure) got up and began serving them.
- Following this, many were healed (4:40). Jesus personally “laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.”
- Let us approach our Lord with confidence
- Jesus is God
- Jesus has authority over all things
- Authority over sin
- Authority over sickness
- Authority over any enslaving foe
- And may we respond to our Lord with faith in Him
Questions for Discussion / Application:
- In these three scenes, what observations do you have regarding Jesus? What are some of the things we learn about Him from these scenes?
- Why does it “insult the cause and reason for Christ’s coming” to say that Jesus is simply “a good teacher” and “a moral man” ? How is Jesus’ teaching different from any other individual in all of history?
- Jesus’ teaching was uniquely authoritative. Jesus spoke the very words of God. How should this encourage us as we represent Him and seek to faithfully speak the gospel to others?
- In this narrative, we see Jesus’ authority over the demonic realm. How should this encourage us?
- In this story, how do we see Jesus’ authority over sickness? How does seeing Jesus heal Peter’s mother-in-law and then numerous other individuals as well strengthen and encourage your faith?
- When it comes to praying for the sick, we want to have faith that God delights to heal and still does heal today. We also want to have confidence in the goodness and sovereignty of God when God, for reasons unknown to us, chooses not to heal. How do we cultivate faith in both God’s healing power and faith in His sovereign goodness?
- In this narrative, we’ve seen that Jesus delights to heal. He delights to set free those in bondage. In what ways do you desire to see the power of Jesus made known? What desires for healing and/or personal “breakthrough” (sin you want to overcome etc..) do you have that we can keep before the Lord in prayer?