And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
We should never think too little about what Jesus Christ is able to do. Time and again, it’s important to let this sink in. It’s glorious to be able to know Jesus as a human being. He really was one of us, very near, someone you could identify with. But if we do not move beyond this, then we turn him into a small Christ, a Jesus who is only close to us and suffers with us. There is so much more to Jesus for he is also almighty!
During the years Jesus was here on earth this shone through, of course. He healed the sick, he drove out demons and he stilled storms. And his creative power especially became visible in the miracle of the loaves and fish that just kept multiplying while he was distributing them. In this bread-breaking Jesus we encounter the almighty God.
This is how we also get to know him in Paul’s letters, where he speaks about the significance of Christ for heaven and earth:
He is 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. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
At the beginning of the book of Revelation, Jesus also introduces himself in his greatness and power:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
This is how we learn to have a high view of the great power and majesty of Jesus Christ:
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle!
What a powerful God he is! When I focus on this in my worship, then my heart opens up again as I reflect that in my own powerlessness and inability, in all of my own weakness and feebleness I can know a Lord—who once was also weak!—who is able to do immeasurably more than I ask or think. And I will discover:
what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.
Jesus, you are almighty. You are so strong, so powerful, so full of majesty! You performed miracles and still do them. You hold the whole world in your hand. Teach me not to focus on my own weak strength and to be open for your almighty presence in my life and in the lives of all people.