Jesus is Master. The word master denotes authority. Jesus has authority over all aspects of creation. In these passages we will see some areas of Christ’s authority illustrated in the Bible.
Authority over the elements………Mark 4:35-41
Authority over the animals……….Luke 5:1-10
Authority over evil spirits………Mark 9:17-29
Authority to heal……………….Luke 17:11-19
Authority to forgive sins………..Luke 7:36-50
Authority to condemn…………….John 8:1-11
Master and yet servant…………..John 13:12-16
Can’t serve two masters………….Luke 16:13
Watch while the master is away……Mark 13:32-37
The master will shut the door…….Luke 13:23-28
Authority over the elements
From Mark 4:35-41
When evening was come, Jesus said to the disciples, “Let us pass over to the other side of the sea.” When they had sent away the crowd, they took him in the ship. A great storm of wind arose. The waves beat into the ship, so that it was full of water.
Jesus was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow; and they woke him and said to him, “Master, don’t you care that we perish?” Jesus arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still.” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared greatly, and said one to another, “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Authority over the animals
From Luke 5:1-10
As Jesus stood by the lake of Gennesaret, he saw two ships by the lake: but the fishermen had left them, and were washing their nets. Jesus entered one of the ships, which belonged to Simon. He asked Simon to thrust out a little from the land. Jesus sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
When Jesus finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” Simon answered, “Master, we have labored all night, and have caught nothing: nevertheless, at your word, I will let down the net.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fish: and their net broke. They beckoned to their partners, who were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Simon and all that were with him were astonished at the draught of the fish which they had taken.
Authority over evil spirits
From Mark 9:17-29
“Master, I have brought to you my son, who has a demon spirit. Your disciples could not cast it out.”
Jesus said, “Bring him to me.” The disciples brought the son to Jesus. Jesus said to the father, “If you can believe, all things are possible.” The father of the child cried out, and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.”
Jesus rebuked the foul spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I charge you, come out of him, and enter no more into him.” The spirit cried and came out of him.
The disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why could we not cast out this spirit?” And Jesus said to them, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”
Authority to heal
From Luke 17:11-19
As Jesus entered into a certain village, there met him ten men who were lepers. They stood far off, and lifted up their voices, and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When Jesus saw them, he said to them, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. He fell down on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Jesus asked, “Were there not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you whole.”
Authority to forgive sins
From Luke 7:36-50
A Pharisee, named Simon, desired that Jesus would eat with him. Jesus went into Simon’s house and sat down to eat. A woman found out that Jesus was eating at Simon’s house. She brought an alabaster box of ointment and stood at his feet. She was weeping; and she began to wash his feet with her tears and wipe them with the hairs of her head. She kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.
When Simon saw it, he spoke within himself, saying, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who this woman is and what she is. He would not let her touch him: for she is a sinner.” Jesus knew Simon’s thoughts and said to him, “Simon, there was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed him five hundred dollars, the other owed him fifty. When neither had anything to pay, he forgave them both their debts. Tell me, which of them will love him most?”
Simon answered, “I suppose him to whom he forgave most”. And Jesus said, “You have judged rightly.”
Then Jesus turned to the woman, and said to Simon, “See this woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water to wash my feet: but she has washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. You gave me no kiss: but this woman has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil: but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment.”
“Therefore, her sins, which are many, are forgiven; because she loved much. But to those who little is forgiven, the same loves little.” And Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Those who sat with Jesus said within themselves, “Who is this that forgives sins?” And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Authority to condemn
From John 8:1-11
Early in the morning, Jesus went into the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman caught in adultery. When they had set her in the midst, they said to Jesus, “Master, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. Moses commanded us in the law that she should be stoned. What do you say?” They asked this question to tempt him, so they might have cause to accuse him.
But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he had not heard them. When they continued asking him, he raised himself and said to them, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
Those who heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one – beginning at the eldest, even to the last. Jesus was left alone with the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you?” She said, “No man, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more.”
John 3:17 For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world; but that the world might be saved through him.
Master and yet servant
From John 13:12-16
After Jesus had washed his disciples’ feet, and was set down again, he said to them,
“Do you know what I have done to you?
You call me Master and Lord:
And you say well; for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Master,
have washed your feet;
You also ought to wash one another’s feet.
for I have given you an example,
that you should do as I have done to you.
Truly, the servant is not greater than his lord.
Neither is he that is sent
greater than he that sent him.”
Can’t serve two masters
From Luke 16:13
No servant can serve two masters: either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and man.
Watch while the master is away
From Mark 13:32-37
Jesus said, “No man knows the day and the hour. Take heed that you watch and pray: for you don’t know when the time will come. The Son of man is like a man taking a long journey. He left his house and gave authority to his servants. He gave every man his work assignments. And he commanded the porter to watch. Watch therefore: for you don’t know when the master of the house will come. Will he return at evening, or at midnight, or in the morning? Watch lest, coming suddenly, he finds you sleeping. What I say to you I say to all! Watch!”
The master will shut the door
From Luke 13:23-28
A man asked, “Lord, are there few that will be saved?”
“Work to enter in at the narrow gate. Many will seek to enter in, and will not be able.
When the master of the house has risen, he will shut the door. You will stand outside and knock at the door. And you will call out, “Lord, Lord, open the door for us.”
“I don’t know you,” he will answer.
“We have eaten and drunk in your presence, and you have taught in our streets,” you will say.
But he will say, “I don’t know you. Leave, you wicked ones.”
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.”