Jurisdiction

“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. John 5:25-27

When I was about 10 or 11 years old, I had a standing appointment every week to watch Bo and Luke Duke on television. If you’re brave enough to admit you remember that show, you know that Bo and Luke were always being chased “in hot pursuit” by Sherriff Roscoe P. Coltrane. He’d come after them in his patrol car. They’d try to outrun him in their stock car.

Bo and Luke always had the same destination – the Hazard County line. They’d drive hard, go airborne a couple of times, and finally, they’d cross the county line, pull over, and get out of their car. Roscoe would ride up to the county line, pull over, and get out of the patrol car and stop. He’d be so frustrated that he couldn’t stand it. He couldn’t arrest them. He couldn’t keep chasing them. There was nothing he could do. Why? They were out of his jurisdiction.

There is no part of this universe that exceeds the jurisdiction of the Lord Jesus. His authority extends beyond the ends of the earth. And His authority is the power for our mission. No barrier and no boundary can thwart His authority – or ours when we go in His name.

When we go in His name, we can say boldly, Nothing can stand against me. For nothing can stand against Him! Let’s go and exercise that authority today as we tell others about Jesus Christ.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!