Jesus prays as follows regarding the lessons of his life's mission.
I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him (Matthew 11:25-26, NRSV; cf. Luke 10:21-22).
Jesus claims that he is the unique Son and sole revealer of God. Such a claim would seem delusional on the lips of any human other than Jesus. We'll note some of the indications of Jesus’s authority. Jesus himself, as the human image of God, serves as distinctive evidence of God’s reality. Indeed, he is living proof of God's reality and self-giving love.The earthly life of Jesus exhibited, in word and deed, a kind of authority and power unique among humans. So, a central message of the New Testament is that Jesus has unsurpassed authority and power in human history. Jesus remarks that acceptance (or rejection) of him amounts to acceptance (or rejection) of God (Matthew 10:40). In addition, Jesus claims authority to forgive sins apart from God's Temple (Mark 2:1-12) and to arrange for the final judgment as God's king (Luke 22:29-30). Likewise, Jesus symbolically presents himself as the long-awaited everlasting king of Israel, after Zechariah 9:9, in his humble entry into Jerusalem on a colt (Mark 11:1-10). He also intimates that he is King David's Lord (Mark 12:35-37), and that he is greater than even King Solomon (Luke 11:31). Indeed, in reply to a question from John the Baptist (Luke 7:18-23), he alludes to Isaiah 61:1-2 and 35:5-6 to suggest that he is God's Messiah. Similarly, Jesus claims to be the messianic son of God in response to the chief priests (Mark 14:61-64). This claim, according to Mark 14:64, elicits the charge that Jesus is guilty of blasphemy, of exalting himself in a way that dishonors God.
Jesus portrayed his own mission as a liberation movement against powers of evil.
Jesus ... spoke ... in parables: "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house (Mark 3:23-27, NIV).
Jesus regards us as under the influence of powers of evil. He regards himself as the one who limits powers of evil in order that we might be set free. He offers freedom from the idols that rob us of freedom.
By submitting faithfully and obediently to Jesus as our Lord, just as he submitted to his Father in Gethsemane, we receive his power to live in unselfish freedom and love. In this regard, we must be crucified with Jesus. As the apostle Paul writes: "We know that our old self was crucified with [Jesus] so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin — because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him (Rom. 6:6-8). We die to our old self as we obey the Father of Jesus. We thereby become free of idols as we enter in to friendship with God. Our response to Jesus will determine whether idols keep us from lives of true love, joy, and peace. Our response to him will determine whether we live or die. Jesus asks each of us: "who do you say I am?" (Mark 8:29). We owe him an answer, sooner rather than later. The apostle Paul has given us a good hint of the right answer: "God proves His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).
Lord of my waking,
Lord, my fresh start
Lord of my smiles,
Lord of this prayer,
day, a child is born,
sends a precious thing -
wants us to return
we feel this awesome story,
here forever more.