‘Authority’ has had such a bad press in much of the world this year.
In the popular mind it is linked with ideas such as ‘elites,’
‘establishment,’ ‘money’, and ‘power’.
The rise of populism in Europe and
in the USA has shocked many in authority, but they still hold power.
other parts of the world ‘the authorities’ cling onto power by
Wherever it is ‘the authorities’ are the people who yield
power to do what they want without, it would seem, being answerable to
At Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Although born in obscurity he came with great authority.
In the Gospel
stories Jesus exercised authority over people, disease and even death.
His authority had nothing to do with control, threat or violence but
everything to do with freedom, love and peace.
That’s why Jesus is so
compelling, with so many followers all over the world.
Those who believe
in Jesus, believe in his authority, that he is able to do something. He
has the unique authority to heal and change the world.
No wonder we
celebrate his coming into the world!