Wednesday, June 28
God is eternal in both directions, past and future. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and the only God there is. Jesus received all his power and knowledge from God and he had a beginning. Jesus is not God. That is very clear to me for many reasons we will not talk about in this devotion. However, I have always tried to figure out what Jesus’ role is today. I have heard very different opinions about his authority and power. I have heard some say he is our king today and others have said he will be our king in the future. Should we pray to Jesus or only to God? Can Jesus forgive our sins? Should we worship Jesus? The answers to these questions cannot be explained by me in a few paragraphs and I cannot even say I am totally clear myself how it all works, but I am going to point to some scripture that will help to answer some of the questions.
Ephesians 1:19-22 says,”…These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised him from the dead, and seated him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him as head over all things to the church…” Christ was put in a place of authority, power, and dominion FAR above everybody else when he ascended to heaven and was seated at the right hand of God. This already happened so he is already in a great position of power and authority over all of us.
Does Christ use that power today? In Matthew 11:27, Jesus says, “All things have been handed over to me by my Father.” He follows that up in verse 28 by telling the weary and heavy-laden to come to him and he will give them rest. He doesn’t tell them to go to God, Jesus says to come to him. He clearly is willing to play an active role in our lives today. This doesn’t mean God is not in the picture, in fact, Ephesians 2:18 says that through Christ we have access to the Father. And again, all of this authority and power came from God in the first place.
In Mark 2:1-10, Jesus forgave the sins of a paralytic and the scribes started wondering the same thing that some still wonder today. They thought only God alone could forgive sins. Jesus let them know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. Interestingly, this was obviously before he ascended to heaven that he already had the authority to forgive sins.
Philippians 2:9-11 states that God highly exalted Jesus, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. The definition of lord is master, which means Jesus is our master. He is the head of the church, which I believe is not just a title, but an indication that he is very involved in the church today.
This is far from an exhaustive study on this topic, but it is clear to me that Jesus is not on the same level as man these days and he is active in our lives if we want him to be. He is also not on the same level as God, and God is still involved in our lives as well. I will continue to search the scripture for more answers on this topic, but I think what I have covered in this devotion is a pretty good start.