The dude in the suit and collar is my dad. He and my mom came for a visit this past weekend so, I put him to work… well, we did plan it, so he knew! I love it when my folks can come for a visit, and even though it was short, it was fun. I am very proud of my parents and love it when they can worship with us, or in this case, having dad preach was a real treat!
Today’s word is Authority. My question to you is who or what holds a place of authority in your life? I needed a photo to show authority, and well with dad up there preaching… it was a no-brainer. When I was growing up, my parents definitely held authoritative positions in our home. There was no playing one off the other, that just never flew from what I remember. Oh, there was the occasional just wait until your dad gets home, but that was less about a greater authority than a unified front.
When Jesus is confronted about his authority he points back to John the Baptist. The religious leaders of his day did not take John seriously, they did not give authority to his words. Jesus will not let them play him off against his Father nor the messenger John. If they did not consider John to be an authority, one sent by God, they would not understand Jesus’ authority either.
The key to authority in Advent is relationship. Granted Jesus was the Son of God, but remember what Philippians 2 tells us “Let the same mind be in you that was[a] in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.”
Jesus authority doesn’t come with a demand of “don’t you know who I am!” but rather, an invitation, “follow me.” The authority of God is not a demand, but an invitation to life. This advent what holds authority in your life, does it bring you life, or does it demand your life from you? If you are feeling zapped, and put upon, turn to the manger, the cross, and the empty tomb, there you will find the author and authority of all life waiting for you there.