“Take me to your leader!” That line conjures up the old, jittery, black and white, alien invasion movies of my youth. If aliens did land on earth and asked that question today, depending on where they put down, they’d get very different answers. Imagine if they landed in Iraq, or Yemen, or even Washington D.C. Who’s in charge here? Because that question is not clearly answered, because people don’t agree about who is in charge, it’s chaos down here on Earth. The nations are engaged in a constant struggle to answer that basic question.
According to Matthew, one of the first things Jesus told His disciples after His resurrection was this:
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18)
Think about the full meaning of those words. His authority has no limit. It extends even to the farthest reaches of Heaven! And on Earth. So then, why do we have such global strife?
Think about the movie, “Hoosiers.” (If you haven’t watched it or can’t remember it, do it today! That’s your assignment!) After Gene Hackman takes over as the new coach, he has been given “all authority.” Trouble is, the members of the team haven’t submitted yet to that authority. And neither have many of the people in town. But gradually, firmly, as the story progresses, his authority begins to be established – the authority he already had from the beginning by title. Jesus has been given (by God the Father) “all authority.” His authority is gradually being revealed and established, as more and more people have their eyes and hearts opened to it and submit to it. That was always God’s plan of how to do it. As He inspired David to write, 3000 years ago,
“The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies.” (Psalm 110:1-2)
But one day, there will no longer be anything gradual about how the full authority of Jesus is accomplished. Don’t wait until that day to get it straight in your mind about Who is in charge.