May 11, 2018: SOAP #3081: 2Samuel 19, 20; Psalm 55; Matthew 28 Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Observation:    Jesus was preparing to leave his disciples.   He makes a simple statement: 'All authority has been GIVEN to me.'   […]

May 11, 2018: SOAP #3081: 2Samuel 19, 20; Psalm 55; Matthew 28

Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Observation:    Jesus was preparing to leave his disciples.   He makes a simple statement: 'All authority has been GIVEN to me.'    Jesus did not usurp authority.   Jesus did not gain authority by deceiving people.   Jesus did not fight to gain authority.   It was GIVEN to Him!

Jesus was judged WORTHY to receive all authority.   Father God, sitting on the throne of heaven judged that Jesus' heart and thoughts were pure.   Nothing evil could be found in His being.   In His essence He was pure.   His actions were perfectly in line with His assignment.   His sacrifice proved His obedience even unto death.   His sinless blood which flowed from a sinless life was more than sufficient to cover the sins of all men.   His complete humility was worthy of ultimate exaltation.

Jesus was judged worthy to receive ALL AUTHORITY.   He not only has authority on Sunday, but every other day also.   He not only has authority on spiritual matters, or relationship matters, but on every aspect of life.   He has complete authority over all the disciplines of life.

Application:    It is for me to judge Jesus worthy of ALL AUTHORITY in my life.   I GIVE Him ALL AUTHORITY because I judge that He is WORTHY!   His worth is obvious.   He needs not to fight me to prove that He is powerful enough to bring about my surrender.   Although, if necessary, He loves me enough to do that because as my Creator He knows what is best for me!   It is good for me to see Him as He really is!

Prayer:      Jesus, you are LORD of my life.   On my knee I will bow and with my tongue I will confess that you alone are LORD!   Amen

Pastor Leon
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