You Have Authority

At the very end of the Gospel of Mark (Mark 16:16-17), after Jesus’ resurrection and before He ascends to Our Father, we see Jesus giving His disciples final instructions.

Those Who Believe Shall Use My Authority

(16) Those who believe and are baptized will be saved. But those who refuse to believe will be condemned. (17) “And those who believe shall use My authority to cast out demons, and they shall speak new languages. (emphasis mine)

We see Jesus at His Last Supper, telling His disciples,

Anyone Believing in Me shall do the Same Miracles I Have Done, and Even Greater Ones

(John 14:12-13) “In solemn truth I tell you, anyone believing in Me shall do the same miracles I have done, and even greater ones, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask Him for anything, using My Name, and I will do it, for this will bring praise to the Father because of what I, the Son, will do for you. (emphasis mine)

Let’s take a look at four more passages, that bring this truth to light.

He Spoke to the Fever

In Luke 4:39, we see Jesus speaking to Peter’s mother-in-law’s fever, (39) Standing at her bedside He spoke to the fever, rebuking it, and immediately her temperature returned to normal, and she got up and prepared a meal for them! (emphasis mine)

He Spoke to the Storm

In Luke 8:24, the disciples are out in the boat with Jesus, (24) They rushed over and woke him up. “Master, Master, we are sinking!” they screamed. So He spoke to the storm: “Quiet down,” He said, and the wind and waves subsided and all was calm! (emphasis mine)

And I Know You Have Authority to Tell His Sickness To Go – and it Will Go!

The Centurian knows it in (Matthew 8:8-9), Then the officer said, “Sir, I am not worthy to have You in my home; and it isn’t necessary for You to come. If you will only stand here and say, ‘Be healed,’ my servant will get well! I know, because I am under the authority of my superior officers and I have authority over my soldiers, and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave boy, ‘Do this or that,’ and he does it. And I know you have authority to tell his sickness to go—and it will go!(emphasis mine)

How They Praised God for Giving Such Authority to a Man

In Matthew (9:8), we see some men bringing a paralyzed man to Jesus. Jesus was amazed at their faith! (8) A chill of fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen right before their eyes. How they praised God for giving such authority to a Man (Jesus)! (emphasis mine)

If we believe, we can, and we are to use His authority. We are to speak. We are to rebuke. Do we?

Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

 Mark 10:46-52 (TLB)

(46) And so they reached Jericho. Later, as they left town, a great crowd was following. Now it happened that a blind beggar named Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road as Jesus was going by. (47) When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus from Nazareth was near, he began to shout out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (48) “Shut up!” some of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted the louder, again and again, “O Son of David, have mercy on me!” (49) When Jesus heard him, he stopped there in the road and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “You lucky fellow,” they said, “come on, he’s calling you!” (50) Bartimaeus yanked off his old coat and flung it aside, jumped up and came to Jesus. (51) “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “O Teacher,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” (52) And Jesus said to him, “All right, it’s done. Your faith has healed you.” And instantly the blind man could see and followed Jesus down the road!

Commentary

Jesus always listens. Let that be a lesson for us. Jesus says, “Tell him to come here (v49).”

He (Bartimaeus) yanked off his old coat and flung it (v50). For Bartimaeus, THIS.WAS.A.DONE.DEAL! Going to Jesus was a simple formality. His faith was so large. Beyond large. To imagine we could have his faith. He knew it would happen. He didn’t think to himself, maybe I should keep the old coat just in case. The coat was gone. Finished. no more.

Jesus asks various questions when He heals. Here, He says, “What do you want me to do for you (v51)?”

Bartimeaus responds, “I want to see (v51)!” 

Jesus obliges, “All right, it’s done. Your faith has healed you (v52).”

INSTANTLY (v52).

Bartimaeus was a new man. He had a new life to begin.

Jesus, You are so beautiful. 

He healed them all (Matthew 15:30)!

“Follow Me (John 1:43)!”