We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
~ JOHN 1:14 [NIV]
Jesus Has All Authority
When parents beget or conceive a child, they transfer their DNA to the newborn. Jesus shares God’s DNA. Jesus isn’t begotten in the sense that he began but in the sense that he and God have the same essence, eternal life span, unending wisdom, and tireless energy. Every quality we attribute to God, we can attribute to Jesus.
“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!” Jesus claimed (John 14:9 NLT). And the epistle to the Hebrews concurs: “[Christ] is the radiance of [God’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature” (1:3 NASB). . . .
Jesus claims not the most authority, but all authority. “My Father has entrusted everything to me” (Matthew 11:27 NLT).
Christ claims ultimate clout. Unshared supremacy. He steers the ship and pilots the plane. When he darts his eyes, oceans swell. When he clears his throat, birds migrate. He banishes bacteria with a single thought. “He sustains everything by the mighty power of his command” (Hebrews 1:3 NLT).
He is to history what a weaver is to a tapestry. I once watched a weaver work at a downtown San Antonio market. She selected threads from her bag and arranged them first on the frame, then on the shuttle. She next worked the shuttle back and forth over the threads, intertwining colors, overlapping textures. In a matter of moments a design appeared.
Christ, in like manner, weaves his story. Every person is a thread, every moment a color, every era a pass of the shuttle. Jesus steadily interweaves the embroidery of humankind. “‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the LORD. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine’” (Isaiah 55:8 NLT).
~ 3:16: THE NUMBERS OF HOPE
Lord Jesus, you are the Master Weaver. You are carefully weaving each thread in our lives according to your perfect plan. Even when we cannot understand everything that is happening, we will trust you. Your thoughts are far beyond our thoughts. Thank you for the wisdom and love you are pouring into the story of our lives, amen.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
~ PSALM 37:3
He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
~ PSALM 91:4
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
~ 1 PETER 5:7