What Jesus Did! 'Authority!' — Luke 9:1-2

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Jesus called the twelve apostles together. He gave the apostles power to heal sicknesses and power to force demons out of people. Jesus sent the apostles to tell about God's kingdom and to heal the sick.
— Luke 9:1-2
Illustration of Luke 9:1-2 —  Jesus sent the apostles to tell about God's kingdom and to heal the sick.

Key Thought

Power, or "authoritative power to act" as the word more appropriately means, is something that belongs to Jesus. It is his because of his work in creating and sustaining the universe. It is his because of his loving obedience and sacrifice to redeem us on the Cross. It is his because of his resurrection from the dead. All authority is his—to use, to command, and to give. Any authority we have is based on the Lord Jesus' gracious giving of it to us and takes any sense of selfish pride or arrogance from us. To Jesus belong the Kingdom, the glory, and the power for any good thing accomplished and any debilitating thing banished from the lives of those in bondage. So let us seek him and not power for its own sake. In honoring him, we will find ourselves useful to others and a blessing to the Kingdom of God no matter how he chooses to use us or to empower us by his authority.

Today's Prayer

Father God, thank you for your Son. To you and to your Son belong all honor, glory, wisdom, authority, and power. I offer myself to you as your servant. Use me in whatever way most brings you glory and most blesses your work and your people. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus called the twelve apostles together. He gave the apostles power to heal sicknesses and power to force demons out of people. Jesus sent the apostles to tell about God's kingdom and to heal the sick. He said to the apostles, "When you travel, don't take a walking stick. Also, don't carry a bag, food, or money. Take for your trip only the clothes you are wearing. When you go into a house, stay there until it is time to leave. If the people in the town will not welcome you, go outside the town and shake their dust off of your feet. This will be a warning to them." So the apostles went out. They traveled through all the towns. They told the Good News and healed people everywhere. Governor Herod heard about all these things that were happening. He was confused because some people said, "John the Baptizer is risen from death." Other people said, "Elijah has come to us." And some other people said, "One of the prophets from long ago has risen from death." Herod said, "I cut off John's head. So who is this man I hear these things about?" Herod continued trying to see Jesus.

Luke 9:1-9

Related Scripture Readings

No person can see God. But Jesus is exactly like God. Jesus is ruler over all the things that have been made. Through his power all things were made—things in heaven and on earth, things seen and not seen, all {spiritual} powers, authorities, lords, and rulers. All things were made through Christ and for Christ. Christ was there before anything was made. And all things continue because of him. Christ is the head of the body. (The body is the church.) Everything comes from him. And he is the Lord who was raised from death. So in all things Jesus is most important. God was pleased for all of himself to live in Christ. And through Christ, God was happy to bring all things back to himself again—things on earth and things in heaven. God made peace by using Christ's blood (death) on the cross.

Colossians 1:15-20

In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus. Christ himself was like God in everything. Christ was equal with God. But Christ did not think that being equal with God was something that he must keep. He gave up his place with God and agreed to be like a servant. He was born to be a man and became like a servant. And when he was living as a man, he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God. He obeyed even when that caused him to die. And he died on a cross. Christ obeyed God, so God raised Christ to the most important place. God made the name of Christ greater than every other name. God did this because he wants every person to bow for the name of Jesus. Every person in heaven, on the earth, and under the earth will bow. Every person will confess (say), "Jesus Christ is Lord (Master)." When they say this, it will bring glory to God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

The Good News is about God's Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. As a person, he was born from the family of David. But through the Spirit of holiness Jesus was shown to be God's Son. He was shown to be God's Son with great power by rising from death.

Romans 1:3-4

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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