I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.
Luke 7:8, NLT*
The Roman officer believed that Jesus’ word at a distance was enough to heal his dying slave, because he understood how authority works. And he believed Jesus had the authority to heal.
Jesus has authority over us by right of creation and by right of rescue. He is our Good Shepherd and He knows what’s best. He has the power and the heart to care for us.
Jesus has authority over everything. The Bible shows that not only did sickness and oppression leave at His command, but He calmed storms, raised the dead, even provided a coin in a fish’s mouth to pay a local tax. He spoke wisdom straight from God the Father.
We can trust His authority, and His heart.
God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, strengthen our faith. Help us to rely on You and to trust Your authority. Help us to obey You in love and in confidence in who You are.
*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.