Sun, 3 August 2014
July 27, 2014
Synopsis: Who are the “Authority Figures” in your life? Context has a lot to do with identifying an “Authority Figure” and determining their sphere of influence or limits to their power. Most two year olds I have known have little to no concept of authority figures. Parents think their words are authoritative, but toddlers seem to operate on the “catch me if you can” line of authority. They require a more “hands on” approach to authority. Lack of understanding leads to frustration on the part of the parents and can get toddlers into a lot of trouble.
My message today comes from the story of a Roman authority figure who comes to Jesus as an authority figure (Matthew 8:5-13). They don’t clash, instead their encounter can lead us to a better understanding of Jesus as the “Authority Figure” for the lives of all believers. First, notice the context. This story comes after the Sermon on the Mount where the writer notes “he taught with real authority.” (Matthew) Our story for today is a demonstration of how “real authority” works. The Roman Centurion knew it, lived by it, recognized it in Jesus and had no problem making an authority figure in a life and death situation, “Just say the word…”
Who is the “Authority Figure” in your life? I know you have several authority figures that come and go according to the context of the moment. In other words, you have established boundaries for their authority. I am not talking about those various authority figures. I want to call your attention to the Authority Figure that knows no boundaries, who speaks life to you, and calls you to the fullness of life every day. His name is Jesus!
Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 7:28-29; 8:5-13 (Luke 7:1-10); Romans 9:24-26
Scripture Reading: Romans 9:24-26