For you granted [your Son] authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Jesus had authority over all people.
Yet instead of wielding his power to stay on top of the power pyramid, Jesus elevated the sick, poor, grieving, humble and persecuted. He declared blessings on the generous, compassionate, peacemaker, and believer.
We have power too.
Our socio-economic and educational statuses often position us within the power pyramid, but we have power in every human interaction. Our words and tone of voice can build or destroy. Our choice to see and hear someone defines their position above or below us.
What did Jesus do with His power?
Jesus paid particular attention to the outcast of His day. He listened, taught, healed, touched, and made himself known to these people. Those who were confident in their status weren’t changed by Jesus’ power. They didn’t comprehend His teaching. They weren’t healed.
In God’s kingdom, the last will be first.
After the God of the universe stooped to touch dirty feet and tenderly, lovingly do a servant’s task, he silently accepted unjust accusations and brutal punishment. He withheld his power and allowed these events to occur with a specific purpose – so that you and I could approach God and have a personal relationship with Him.
For them Jesus sanctified himself so thatthey too could be sanctified.
Discover the Christian meaning of power and learn how to use it for the good of others. –Richard J. Foster (tweet this)
How do you use power? How can you support the Kingdom’s power structure?