The word authority is something that leaves a sour taste in the mouth; it is important to recognize that Jesus rules much differently than every other ruler. Unlike high ranking government officials he doesn't rule from an ivory tower ordering everyone under him to all the fighting and grunt work. Jesus goes into the trenches. Even though Jesus is our KIng and Judge, He didn't come to shame and condemn. He didn't come to add more burdens or to oppress. And he has the authority to forgive our sins.