In the Garden of Eden God created a man that resembled Himself, a righteous man that would live into eternity. God gave this man dominion or authority because of the purity of his heart. When Adam bowed his heart to the devil he became subject to the one he had authority over. This reverse of dominion continued until the second Adam was born, He is the Son of God, He is Jesus.
Mathew 7:28-29 The Jewish leaders were amazed at His doctrine: for He spoke as one who had authority, and not as the Scribes.
I have read this Scripture over and over again and I always knew I was not connecting with its intent. One day during a time of fellowship, out of the blue the Lord spoke to me concerning this verse. I heard the Lord say this: Jesus spoke with authority because He could back up everything He said. The Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees and the priests spoke with authority but could not prove their claims. That group of narrators are still with us today, only now we call them politicians. They make lofty promises they have no way of ever fulfilling, they speak with authority but they cannot deliver. A centurion soldier came to Jesus because he understood what true authority was.
Mathew 8:8 The centurion said, I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me, I say go and he goes, I say come and he comes, speak the Word and my servant will be healed.
Under the Levitical law the priests could minister healing, but the centurion had no confidence in their authority. He went straight to Jesus because Jesus talked the talk and walked the walk, the priests just talked. The Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees and priests had no authority to serve men, but they wanted men to serve them on account of their titles. They were full of pride because they were the chosen race and everyone else was a “dog”.
John 5:27 God gave Jesus authority to act on His Word because He became a mere human being.
God’s Word was sent to get men free of all bondages, but it had to be ministered with authority. Jesus was authorized to offer the people something the leaders were not capable of giving the people. Their focus was on themselves and the honor they demanded all men to give them. They distorted God’s Word and thereby offered the people a God that was more vengeful than loving. It was no wonder they hated Jesus, He blew their cover and offered all men the supernatural power of God.
Mathew 20:28 Jesus did not come to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give up His life a ransom for many.
The leaders hated Him because He didn’t fit their mold, how dare He wash the feet of commoners? The Father gave Jesus authority to help people, the leaders used authority to help themselves. Our authority is in the Name of Jesus, what would Jesus do if He was still here in the flesh?