Then Jesus came to them and said,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (Matthew 28:18, NIV)
All authority belongs to Jesus. That word “all” is huge. It means all, as in there in no other authority other than that which derives from Jesus. None anywhere. Not in heaven, nor on earth.
The votes of democratic majorities do not give authority. Office and position and skill do not give authority. Wealth does not give authority. Fame does not give authority. Traditions do not give authority. The only authority resides with, is found in, Jesus.
If the president of the United States is aligned with Jesus, then his authority is genuine. If he (or she) is not, then the president may have power, but no authority. Lots of people in our world have power and exert power. But they do not have authority. Their power is used in godless ways.
Jesus has all authority. If we would have authority, it must come from him.
This is an amazingly, breath-takingly, radical statement by Jesus.