Day 4 – The Authority of Christ

Saturday – February 13, 2016

Day 4 – John 2:1-25 Authority

Focus: vss. 18-22

18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?”19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

This scripture portion contains three examples of the authority of Christ. This is what we want to focus on today. In the first example Jesus is just beginning His ministryWedding among the people of the land. He has called some of his disciples and has them with Him at a wedding feast. Most of us know the story as we have heard it many times as we grew up and because it has been preached on many times by our pastors. The first recorded miracle of Jesus is presented here when He turned the water into wine at the request of his mother. Except for His mother, Mary, none of them present, probably even including His disciples, really knew that He was the Son of God and as such that he had great authority. That authority/power is about to be showcase with regard to something as commonplace as water. He turned the water into wine. And, it was not just any wine but the best the “master of the feast” had partaken of that day. It was apparently not the cheap stuff that Jesus made. The servants, of course knew what was in those jars, or thought they did, when they poured it out for the guests. After all, they had poured the water into those jars at Jesus’ request. But when it was poured out, lo and behold, it was wine! It was really good wine, or so the “master of the feast” declared to the bridegroom. So we find that Jesus had authority/power over nature.

Let’s look at the second example. In verses 13 to 22, Jesus drives the money-changers and others out of the Temple courts for defiling the House of God.  It is when he is asked from where He received the authority to do this that He gets into trouble with the Temple authorities. They asked for a sign to show he had the authority and He must have confounded them a bit when He spoke of destroying this temple and raising it up again in three days. John makes it clear He was speaking about His body but those Jews had no clue. Actually, at that time His disciples did not understand Him. It was only after His resurrection that they made the connection. What Jesus is intimating is that He has authority/power even over life and death.

Jesus’ authority/power at this time seems to have no boundaries. The last few verses of our scripture appear to also emphasize His authority in the areas of healing and other miraculous signs but they also point to His authority to know even the heart of a man. Thus, the authority of Christ is something to be taken into account in our relationship with Him. Are you remembering just Who Jesus is? Are you more aware of His very real authority? How does that impact your relationship with Him? How should it impact that relationship?

Prayer Focus: Lord Jesus, I ask you to forgive me for having a somewhat blasé attitude toward You and Your authority over me and this universe I am part of. As the Son of God You ARE God and thus have total authority. I yield myself to You right now and ask you to hold me accountable to You. I give over the reins of my life to you. AMEN

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