Who’s In Charge?
After Jesus had taught one of the greatest the Sermon on the Mount, everyone was amazed by how this one man spoke with such authority. What many did not know was that Jesus was God’s Son who was given authority over the entire world.
In this series, we’re journeying through stories immediately after the Sermon on the Mount of Jesus showing everyone that he is in charge, and that we can trust him because he is good and is powerful.
Jesus and the Centurion’s Faith
The Point – Jesus has the authority to heal.
When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment. (Matthew 8:5-13)
Jesus Calms a Storm
After experiencing Hurricane Irma last month, I’m sure many of our Mixers and our families were fearful. As Floridians, we face hurricane seasons on an annual basis. We can’t control it, let alone anything about the weather nor nature itself. But this week, we are sharing with our kids that Jesus has authority over creation. In the story of Jesus calming the storm, Jesus was in charge over the whole situation. When the disciples were all fearful for their lives, Jesus rebuked the storm proving that he was powerful and had authority even over a scary hurricane. No matter what natural disasters comes our way, we want our kids to trust that Jesus is in control and that he will take care of us.
The Point – Jesus has authority over nature.
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” (Matthew 8:23-27)
Jesus Heals Two Men with Demons
As followers of Jesus, there are a lot of scary things in this world and even people or spiritual things that are against God’s children. The Bible says that we aren’t fighting just flesh and blood but against spiritual forces. Who should our kids run to when they don’t even know they are being attacked? Who should they trust? In this week’s lesson, we’re sharing with our Mixers the story of Jesus healing the two men with demons. The demons knew that Jesus was in charge and was powerful. Even these powerful, evil, scary demons were scared of Jesus!
And with one word, “Go!”, Jesus ordered the demons to go way. When we feel like the enemy is winning, we can trust that Jesus has authority over evil, and we can ask him to win the battle for us.
The Point – Jesus has authority over evil.
And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time? Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down to the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. (Matthew 8:28-33)
Jesus Forgives the Paralyzed Man
We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all failed. We’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Yet, Jesus always forgives when we ask. But do we actually believe that we really are forgiven? How can our Mixers know that after they’ve been forgiven that they can really trust that they actually are forgiven? On who’s authority?
In this story, a few of the Pharisees challenged Jesus because he was forgiving a paralyzed man. Only God had the authority to forgive sins. Who does this Jesus guy think he is? This week, we’re sharing with our kids that Jesus does have the authority to forgive because he’s the Son of God, and we can trust that if we’ve asked for forgiveness, we actually are forgiven because Jesus said so.
The Point – Jesus has authority to forgive.
And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—”Rise pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. (Matthew 9:1-8)
Jesus’ Resurrection & The Great Commission
There’s been many great men and women in history who’ve done and said important things. I’m sure our Mixers have learned plenty in history class—George Washington, Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King Jr. They’ve all made a humongous impact in history and are so influential. But all these people have one thing in common—none of them ever rose from the dead. How do you top that?
This week, we’re sharing with our kids the Resurrection of Jesus, and how he had authority even over death. Because Jesus is alive, all authority has been given to him. If Jesus had the authority to rise from the dead, then he’s worth obeying and sharing the good news that he is alive.
The Point – Jesus is in charge, so let’s go make disciples.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father. (John 10:17-18)