Walking in authority
Luke 4: 28-30 “All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.”
Offence in the synagogue. I guess nothing much has changed. There’s nothing like a gathering of people to cause an offence.
Especially when the offender is Jesus who has turned an ancient text on its head and declared basically that mercy triumphs over judgment. That offence is still here sadly.
A while ago I was accosted by a leader with the fact that a national leader had welcomed everyone to his meeting with words similar to “Doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done or what gender or identity you claim to be, Jesus welcomes you”. I mean honestly! Jesus welcoming sinners! I’ve never heard of such a thing! But the offence raged on. Good job that national leader wasn’t near a cliff edge.
But Jesus was. He was led there, well, dragged actually. To the very place that the town was built many years ago. Jesus at the centre of that town, at the foundation of the community – and what for? To be judged condemned and sentenced because of their offence.
The root of so many lives is a deep sense of judgment, of a desire to eradicate grace because we are afraid of any relaxing of the rules we have staked so much on.
From that cliff edge Jesus rose with authority.
Authority is being able to be taken to a cliff edge but not be thrown off if. You may think you are on the edge today and that actually you are really close to giving up. But within you is the presence of Christ and you have the authority to resist.
Authority is being able to walk through a condemning crowd. The fear of man is a snare. Ignore the threats and what people have said they will do or won’t do. Ignore and walk on. Walking away from conflict is at times stronger than staying for it.
Authority is saying I choose where I surrender and who I surrender to. Jesus knew this was not the place for his death. They would not take his life from him. He came to lay his life down.
In the next few days we will be encouraged even more to rise in authority