God in the Flesh, #3, The Authority of Jesus
They Became Silent
What does it say to us if whole crowds were amazed by the words of Jesus? What does it mean if folks were willing to run around a lake and go without food just to hear Him tell some stories? What’s the significance of a man’s enemies finding themselves mute before His simple teaching?
Why were people so astounded at his words? What does all of this astonishment teach us about Jesus?
A Last Trip to Jerusalem
As Jesus enters Jerusalem for the last time and begins to teach, He is met by a tag team of debaters and lawyers and they try to trip Him up.
Read Luke 20:19-20, then 21-26, then 39-40.
Those who wanted to trip up Jesus are silenced. Embarrassed. This is no plain carpenter. These responses to Jesus tell us with utter clarity and surety that when Jesus taught, something amazing was taking place. Every time He opened His mouth, His brilliance and genius came out, simply and easily.
Jesus is the Word become flesh
John 12:49-50 “For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
Every teaching that Jesus ever spoke is the Word of God. And it is sharp and alive even today. (Hebrews 4:12)
Let us Study Him
What do we do with this brilliant Jesus? With a Jesus who sows seeds of reality? Not just good ideas or suggestions or clever concepts, but reality. Ultimate truth and reason and clarity and brilliance all bound together. What do we do with Jesus?
The words of Jesus weren’t meant to be nodded at. They were meant to shock us with their exponential growth and their taste of reality.
Something happens to us when we submit ourselves to the teaching of Jesus. We become wise.
We need to take this upside down teaching and understand it. We need to take these words and obey them.
Enough with the sampling and onto the main course. Listening and learning from the Master who will give us the morsels of life.
They fell down before Him
Not only did the people become silent when Jesus spoke, but many of them ended up on the ground.
I don’t know about you, but most of the time I don’t sit on the ground. I don’t even sit on the floor at the house. It is just easier to use a chair or rock of something when I need to sit.
When we read about meeting Jesus, God in the flesh, we read about people kneeling or falling down before Him.
Jesus’ Dirty Feet up Close
Read Mark 4:35-41 “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”
Read Mark 5:1-20 This man, this tight ball of sinews and muscles and bruises and pain and demonic energy, runs straight at Jesus as He is getting out of the boat.
A woman is healed and kneels before Jesus. (Mark 5:24-34)
Jairus’ daughter is healed. “And they were immediately overcome with amazement”
We have no indication that Jesus ever asked anyone to kneel before Him. It was just the natural reaction to seeing Jesus for Whom He was.
To kneel before someone is embarrassing, humbling. To kneel is to acknowledge another’s rightful place above themselves. It makes us vulnerable.
Jesus is Lord over everything. His authority knows no bounds. It extends into every corner to our lives, every moment of our day, every decision we make.
Perhaps we need to relearn how to kneel before Jesus. We need to relearn how to shut our mouths and simply be before Jesus. To humble submit to His authority.
Read Job 38:1-11.
There are times when we talk with God that we complain, or express our needs. But there also needs to be a time when we are silent and submissive to God.
Have We Forgotten What it is to Kneel before God?
Is it possible that the observation in Psalm 36:1 “there is no fear of God before his eyes” is relevant today?
When Jesus walked this earth, did He have all the authority of Yahweh—mighty, jealous, roaring, Creator? And does He still have all that authority today?
The more we see Jesus clearly in all His authority, the more we relearn how to kneel.
Oh for a church that acknowledges the Lord’s authority.
Oh, that we would find real, tangible humility growing within us.
Oh, for a day when we finally understand with all our beings, that the poor in spirit are truly blessed, for the kingdom is theirs.
They were silent, they fell before Him, and they feared Him.
Outline based upon the book, God in the Flesh by Don Everets.