What Jesus Did! 'Authority over Everything' — John 3:34-35

Monday, February 26, 2018

[John the Baptizer said,] "For [Jesus] is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands."
— John 3:34-35 NLT
Illustration of John 3:34-35 NLT — [John the Baptizer said,] "For [Jesus] is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands."

Key Thought

Jesus is THE authority! Jesus has the authority over life and death. He has the authority to reveal the truth about God. Jesus has the authority over religion, faith, and spiritual experience. Jesus has the authority over our lives and our destinies. Why? He is sent by God. He has the Spirit of God without any limit. He is loved by God as his Son. And, as we will see at the end of Jesus' ministry, God has validated his authority through the resurrection. So who do you have in charge of your life? Is it the folks that sell ads in the media? Do your peers control your life? Are your fears in control? Only one truly has the authority and can speak for God, and his name is Jesus. Are you listening to him?

Today's Prayer

Father, please help Jesus' words to cling more powerfully to my heart. Give me a deeper hunger to know what he has said. Help me yearn to be more like him in what I do, think, and say. Make my heart confident when I am among my peers and yielding when I read the words of Jesus. I pray in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 8:5-13
  • Matthew 28:18
  • John 13:3

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About This Devotional

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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