Living Honorable Under the Authority of Jesus

Living Honorably Under the Authority of Jesus
Matthew 21:23-32

See Matthew 21:23-27

Jesus was not ordained by men, so the religious leaders did not recognize him. They saw him as an “untrained, unrecognized, self-appointed rabbi,” who had no authority. 

His authority was constantly being revealed throughout his public ministry. In John 5, Jesus pointed out that his authority was testified by the Holy Spirit, his miraculous works, God the Father, the Old Testament Scripture and John the Baptizer. God has given mankind evidence that Jesus is the Christ, God in the flesh. 

Jesus stated that God the Father has given all judgment to the Son,that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father.  (John 5:22b-23a)

The eternal destiny of every person is hinged on their trust and submission to Jesus Christ, honoring him as the authoritative divine Son of God. 

Trusting in Jesus and submitting to his authority is essential. Doing so establishes our relationship with God and is in the means for our freedom from sin and death, both of which Jesus has authority and victory over.

Matthew has developed a rich narrative of Jesus’ authority, proving him to be authoritative over demons, the wind and sea, sickness, disease and death and much more. 

Matthew closes his gospel account with Jesus’ declarative statement, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”(Matthew 28:18 ESV) Then he commissions his followers with authority. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”(Matthew 28:19-20 ESV) 

Our eternal salvation and our eternal mission is based on Jesus’ authority.To deny the authority of Jesus Christ is to be unsaved and live without his eternal significant mission. 

See Matthew 21:23-32

It was the responsibility of the priests and elders to determine truth and promote or protect people from false teachers. Yet, these men could not even recognize God standing in front of them declaring his word to them. 

In a shocking contrast, Jesus pointed out the testimony of repentant sinful tax collectors and immoral prostitutes, who trusted in him and his authority to transform their lives.

Along with the Bible, God has determined to use our transforming lives as a witness to the authority of Jesus.

Our witness is most powerful when our words and lives coincide as genuine expressions of Jesus. The former tax collectors and prostitutes were powerful witnesses of Jesus because they could speak of their sinful lives in the past tense.  

There is also great power in choosing to live by faith in the present truths of Jesus’ authority. 

…Present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.  (Romans 6:13b ESV) 

…The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20b ESV) 

Purpose to live gloriously in Christ and to have your greatest impact by being genuinely saved and being steadily transformed by Christ. 

The parable of the two sons is not about parenting; it is a parable about God’s grace and our repentance. 

“True beliefs are responses tested by time. Each of the sons in Jesus’ story responded immediately to their father’s request. As it turned out, their first answers were meaningless. Each changed his mind. What they finally did and said mattered most.” (Bruce Barton)

The word for “sir” is the same word that is also translated “Lord.” Jesus warned: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”(Matthew 7:21 ESV) 

Repentance is life altering, which is the reason why some people promise repentance, but don’t do it. Has Jesus called out to you specifically about something in which you’ve either said no or failed to do after saying yes?  Will you genuinely repent today? 

Let’s commit to honor our Heavenly Father with promise and practice.

See James 1:19-22 and Ephesians 4:22-24

 

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