“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This quote is well known perhaps because its truth is
unfortunately well-known. Fallen mankind, when given power, tend to use the power for their own good and gain. Then comes Jesus – the one true King with the only true power. He comes not to benefit himself and maintain his own authority, but to benefit others and bring them life. This is the purpose of Matthew’s stories in today’s passage. In it we see the authority of the King is used for life.