Jesus had a busy day at the office on the Monday after his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. I mean, he did work
, son. He cursed fig trees, he ran the chief priests in circles after they questioned his authority, he told a bunch of parables, he debated the Pharisees and, depending on how you read the order of events in the gospel accounts, he even kicked a bunch of people out of the temple (see Matthew 21:18-22:46 and Mark 11:12-19).
In all of the things that Jesus did and said on Holy Monday, one constant theme through all of it is that of authority. Yes, Jesus’ authority is on display — in cursing the fig tree, in cleansing the temple, in the debates with the religious elites — but our authority is also being addressed.
Authority is about the use of power. As image bearers of God, this means that power should be used to bring flourishing, to bring good. We are image bearers because
God has given us authority (Genesis 1:26-30). When we express authority in creative, God-honoring and life-bringing ways, we mirror the divine.