THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 5:21-26
“The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” (Luke 5:24)
God authorized Adam and Eve to represent Him on earth (Genesis 1:26-28).
This is God’s kingdom: God-like humans ruling for God on earth.
But they forfeited that authority, surrendered it to Satan.
As a result, this world has become a dominion of darkness.
Without God-like humans in charge, God’s kingdom was lost.
God promises a messiah, “one like a son of man” (Daniel 7:13-14)
He would be given all authority on earth, just like Adam and Eve.
Only now Jesus has resisted Satan, and reclaimed the throne for humanity.
As a faithful God-like son, Jesus has Adam’s authority to represent God.
He can heal for God, and He can forgive for God.
In this story, we see the good news of God’s kingdom restored.
We see Adam back in charge, and Satan and darkness defeated.
We see ourselves forgiven, receiving again the crown of Adam and Eve.
With Jesus, even we can represent God through healing and forgiveness!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, through You I am restored as Adam. I can share in Your authority on earth for God. Make me both humble and bold, that I may represent God well on earth.