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Who's The Authority

"Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while He was teaching, the chief priests and elders of the people came to Him. 'By what authority are you doing these things?' they asked. 'And who gave you this authority?' " (Matt.21:23).

Lets get a bit of context into today's verse, which is a question from the religious leaders of Jesus' day... Just previous to their question, "Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the benches of those selling doves" (Vs. 12). He let them know that the temple should be called a house of prayer and they were turning it into a den of robbers... Along the way, blind and lame people came to Him and were healed. The chief priests and teachers of the law saw all this and they were indignant. They were looking at someone who was making changes in the affairs of the temple, and also in religious instruction, not to mention the healing... This guy Jesus had no real ecclesiastical or civil authority as a Jew; hence, they claimed to know why he did all of this without their permission. Jesus struck up a deal with them... If they could answer His question about John's baptism (Vs.25), He would tell them by what authority He did the things He did. No matter what they answered, they would come up looking bad, so they chose ignorance. Jesus replied, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things" (Vs.27). Having 20/20 hindsight, we know about where Jesus' authority came from... What Christ said and did, sprang from an authority much higher than any man. It came from God Himself. At the Transfiguration, a voice from heaven said; "This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!" (Matt.17:5). When Jesus met with His disciples after His resurrection, He said this; "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me." (Matt.28:18). This week we will take a look at the authority in our lives and why and how it impacts us....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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