‘. . . far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.’ Ephesians 1.21
Jesus is above all things! God’s ‘incomparably great power’ that we have been looking at raised Jesus from the dead and seated him above absolutely everything. This is something we sing about in many of our worship songs so is unlikely to be a new concept to us, but in reality what does it mean? The truth is that there is nothing that is above Jesus or can exert power over him.
This sounds all very well, but the difficulty is that you are probably only too well aware in your own life that there are situations in which the will of God is not being done, and many circumstances where he is not glorified. Does this mean that the Bible is not right in its assertion that Jesus is above all things?
This is all part of the great mystery of suffering, and within it is the truth that God has given us freedom to ignore the lordship of Christ if we choose to. However, this verse in Ephesians does encourage us to believe that there is nothing in this world that is outside the influence of Christ. We may be constrained by many influences and powers in this world, but this does not apply to the one to whom we pray. He is above all things, so it follows that there is no limit to what he can do on our behalf.
Like suffering, prayer is also a mystery – but it works! It works precisely because in prayer we are connecting with the one who is above all things and has limitless power. What’s more, he cares about you and wants to help – so talk to him.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission