All Authority Belongs to Christ

All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
—Matthew 28:18

Devotion:

All power is given unto Jesus Christ. After His ascension, He sat down at the right hand of God until His enemies be made His footstool (Psalm 110:1 and Hebrews 1:13). Through these last 2,000 years, Jesus Christ has been continually gaining the victory, a victory that began at the time of His death and resurrection, and which continues on through the ages.

In 363 a.d., Julian the Apostate, the emperor of Rome who tried to relight the fires on pagan altars and overthrow the newly established Christian faith, was marching against the Persians. One of his soldiers, a Christian, was being sorely derided and persecuted by some of the heathen soldiers. They mocked him, beat him, threw him to the ground, and said, “Tell us, where is your carpenter now?”

He responded “He is busy constructing a coffin for your emperor.” A few months later, with a mortal wound in his side, Julian the Apostate took his hand and grasped a handful of his own blood, flung it against the sky, and said, “Thou hast conquered, O Galilean.” The Carpenter of Galilee is busy constructing coffins for all the ungodly kings and kingdoms of this earth.

Christ is Lord of all.

 

Question to ponder: All authority—what does it mean?