Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Knowing God - Matthew 28:18

(from Pastor)

Jesus said ...
"All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to me."
Matthew 28:18
With a military son, I've been learning about the chain of command.
For example, you don't go directly to the general when you have a problem. You go to your sergeant. And usually, the problem is taken care of right then and right there.
If the problem's bigger, the sergeant goes to his captain ... but only when the captian can't manage it, he goes to the major ... who goes to the colonel ... who goes to the general only when the rest of the chain of command is at a loss.
I'm so very thankful that God does not work like this!
Jesus absolutely has "all authority," but he never says work through the chain of command. He simply says, "Come to me" (see Matthew 11:28).
In fact, scripture blesses us with the wonderful assurance that "we have a high priest who understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb 4:15-16).
In Christ's Love,
a court jestor who's running
to the throne of the grace
Being a military wife, I fully understand the frustration with having to work through the 'chain of command.'  It only takes one person to stall the entire process. To not give an answer.  Thankfully - we can go straight to Christ with - everything - without going through anyone else who has another agenda. other issues. chips on their shoulders. In life where things seem to be so difficult, it is comforting to remember that we can go straight to our savior.

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