authority of Jesus

More than hands were getting nailed down

With every knock of the hammer against the nails there was a thought produced: to the murderous Jews it was the sound of victory being nailed down; to the ruling Romans it was the sound of authority being nailed down; to the disciples it was the sound of defeat being nailed down; to the ears of Jesus it was the sound of all the above, but not for the same reasons.

To Jesus, the sound of victory was not heard in his hands being nailed down – the sound of victory came from our sins being nailed to the cross:

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,” (1 Peter 3:18)

To Jesus, the sound of authority was not heard in his hands being nailed down – the sound of authority came from him choosing to lay down his own life:

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:17-18)

To Jesus, the sound of defeat was not heard in his hands being nailed down – the sound of defeat was heard in the devil losing his strength:

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,” (Hebrews 2:14)

What do you hear in the sound of the hammer and the nails? EA

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14)

Jesus is THE prophet of God

Moses told the people of God that a prophet was coming – a prophet whose words would carry with them a weight that would be remembered by God for all eternity (Deuteronomy 18:15-19John 12:48).

This coming prophet would continue to be the cornerstone, central focus and continuing hope for the people of God for nearly 1,500 years until there was a fervor amongst the angels and prophets of God – a fervor that had never before been seen over the birth of such a seemingly insignificant child (Luke 1:59-80, 2:8-38).

The prophet of God had arrived!

Never failing to know any man, but recognized by so few (John 1:45-48).

Never failing to speak the right word, but rarely heard (Matthew 11:1-6).

Never failing to invite near the far off, but hardly received (Matthew 11:28-30).

Yet the prophet preached – and he preached with words that shape and shake humanity to this day (Luke 9:22-26).

Who is this prophet, the prophet of all the prophets of God?

It is none other than Jesus of Nazareth – the prophet to whom all other prophets and people will bow (John 5:39-47Philippians 2:5-11). EA

The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:36-43)

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