Final Authority – Part 1
Luke 8:19-25 – November 7, 2021
Luke 8:19-21 This is Jesus’ conclusion to verses 1-21 where Jesus defines his “family” as those who hear and obey God’s word. It is not a matter of one’s relationships but rather personally hearing and acting on God’s word. In this context, “God’s word” is the teaching of Jesus. This is reminiscent of Ezekiel 33:30-32.
Luke 8:22-25. Jesus in these 4 short verses reveals His authority over the wind and the water! BUT there is more to this, much more.
The lesson for His disciples (and for us) is far more, far greater than His ability to speak to the wind and the water. Recall in verse 23 Luke describes their situation not as being in danger, but in Great Danger.
What is the LIFE LESSON Jesus is trying to teach these men (and us). Certainly, He is NOT trying to tell them a dangerous situation is NOT a dangerous situation. Not at all.
The life lesson for them is that their relationship to danger will never be the same again. And just as their relationship to danger will never be the same again, for us as Christians, as believers, as children of God, our relationship to danger will never be the same again. WHY? Because when we gave our lives to Jesus there was a major paradigm shift that has opened up in our lives and our future.
WHY is this so? Because our lives are under new management. If you are not sure what I mean by this please turn to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. We are bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus. We belong to Him.
This also should change (must change) our attitude about the dangers, difficulties, challenges, trials, and tribulations in our lives.
I want you to recall after Jesus was arrested, He was first taken to the Sanhedrin then to Pilate where the crowd was accusing Him of all kinds of things. Yet He remained silent. Pilate was amazed at this. John 19:10-11 describes Pilate’s position and Jesus’ reply, 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
Those are words you and I can use to answer whatever we are facing in lives because we are under new management. ABC of salvation – C, Call on Jesus as our Lord and Savior.. Danger, trials and tribulations speak to us as Pilate spoke to Jesus. Danger looks us in the eye and deep into our soul and says “Don’t you know my authority? Don’t you know what I have already done? Don’t you know what I can do to you? And it is usually something pretty awful. When Pilate told Jesus that, Jesus corrected him, saying Pilate had no authority other than that given to him by God.
This is very much what Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego told King Nebuchadnezzar when he threatened to throw them into a blazing hot furnace, Daniel 3:17-18. They knew who had the final authority and King Nebuchadnezzar soon discovered the same.
The lesson for Jesus’ disciples was the same, God, that is Jesus, has the final authority over danger. All danger must bow to His authority, His Word. Not an easy lesson for His disciples after He ascended to Heaven. They would face danger and death virtually every day of their lives. If you are still unsure about this, refer back to Matthew 28:18 where Jesus said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. All authority.
Pilate is a picture of danger for all of us and for all trials and tribulations that come up in our lives that seek to tell us “I’m in charge, I’m in control.” But we can literally take a page out of Jesus’ words and say, “You would have no power over me if it were not given from above.”
It cannot simply be something we say, but a belief on our part based upon our faith that God, that Jesus, is indeed the final authority.
With this in mind we can see what Jesus is saying when He addresses His disciple on the boat after subduing the wind and water, Where is your faith?
That is a question Jesus asked His disciples. Let me ask you, Where is your faith? How do you face danger? How do you face the trials and tribulations in your life? Is Jesus your final authority?