Even in chaos, God’s in control
"As of now, I am in control here, in the White House."
Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig made this errant statement during the ensuing chaos of the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Many questioned Mr. Haig’s motives. His statement seemed to push aside the provisions of the U.S. Constitution for such an emergency. Had he spoken in haste, ignorance or was he hungry for power?
We may never know for sure, but whatever his motives were, the event reveals our insecurities with authority as we wrestle to gain more while fearing others may have too much.
Jesus made a bold authority statement. Passing over presidential power, He claimed all authority in heaven and earth. Like with Al Haig, many are threatened by this statement and respond by either refusing to be obedient to His will, or doubting His ability to do miracles.
You might wonder how miracles are connected with authority. They are an evidence of God’s claim. Miracles result from His control over everything. Without full authority, He could not command nature to do His bidding. Jesus exercised this authority while on earth. When He spoke storms ceased, water became wine and demons were exorcised.
Jesus’ claim is valid today. He has complete control over everything. Nothing in heaven or earth can withstand His authority. To some, this is a threat to their autonomy; to others it is an assurance that no matter how chaotic life becomes, God is the correct one in control.
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.