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 NLT
Illustration of Luke 9:1-2 NLT —  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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Colossians 1:15-20
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Romans 1:3-4

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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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