Last night I attended a prayer gathering sponsored by the Employment Network Ministry of our church. While we didn't break any attendance records, several families showed up to pray, find hope and consolation in the Lord during this season of unemployment.
Time was given to hear the testimony of a young man whom God delivered from a life of drugs, brushes with the law and other misdeeds. His testimony also gave thanks to God for providing him with a job.
As I listened to his story I kept thinking about the authority of Jesus over every sphere of life. Paul eloquently depicts Jesus as...the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1: 15-17). Every area of of life is subject to his authority.
In Luke 8: 22-25, Jesus is Lord over the wind and the waves. If the events of your life seem out of control, Jesus is Lord and he has the authority to still the raging storms swirling in your life.
Luke 8: 26-39, Jesus is Lord over the powers of demons. By the power of his word, Jesus dethroned the legions of demons that enslaved the poor man's life.
Luke 8:40-56, Jesus is Lord over death. Jairus, the ruler of the local synagogue, begged Jesus to come and heal his daughter. Before Jesus reached the man's house he heard the horrific news, "It's too late; your daughter is dead." But Jesus told the grief-stricken man, "Do not fear; only believe, and she will live." Entering the home, he took the girl by the hand and at once her spirit returned to her body.
I wish I could have been with Jesus in the boat and watch him pacify the howling winds and crashing waves with nothing but a whisper. I would give anything to be among the crowds watching Jesus deliver a man possessed by thousands of demons. As a father of three children, I would have loved to see the look on Jairus' face as his emotions moved from depths of grief, to the dizzying heights of joy overflowing when Jesus brought his daughter to him alive.
But last night I saw and heard a miracle. Jesus was in the midst of our gathering. He called, touched, healed and delivered a young man from a life of darkness to light. Look around you, the miracles of Jesus are still going on.
Question: How has Jesus shown his power and authority either in your life or in a friend's life? Share a brief story in the comments box.
Are you reading through the bible in 2011? Here are today's readings:
Psalm 12: 1-8
Genesis 13: 2-18
I Chronicles 13: 1-13
Luke 8: 4-21