12 Mar The Authority Beyond Challenge
The Authority Beyond Challenge
In a world packed with challenges, temptations and sins, one thing we need in order to live victoriously is authority. Without authority, we will quickly become distracted and powerless. The truth is, Jesus holds the highest authority. To all who receive Him, He gives the authority to be children of God and the authority to win over the devil and handle life’s issues. May we seek to enjoy Christ’s authority as we live on earth to fulfil His purpose.
Verses to read: <Lk 19:47 – 20:8>
19:47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
20:1 One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. 2 “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”
3 He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me: 4 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin?”
5 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet.”
7 So they answered, “We don’t know where it was from.”
8 Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
1. The Confrontation
– “By what authority you are doing these things?” <v2>
1) Jesus’ authority is obviously from God.
Jesus proclaimed Himself that He is God.
Jesus has authority over demons.
Jesus can perform miracles.
Jesus has authority over life and death.
Jesus’ authority comes from His complete love.
2) Problems arise when one fails to recognize God’s authority.
=> Need to restore the authority of Christ.
2. The Counter-Question
– “John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin?” <v4>
1) Their reply: “We don’t know”—When truth does not matter anymore.
What matters are: Personal desired outcomes and welfare.
2) Scariest thing: Jesus became silent to them.
They are not interested and too hardened, despite many chances given.
“…do not throw pearls to pigs” <Mt 7:6>.
3. How can we enjoy Christ’s authority in our lives?
1) Be born again – authority (right) to become God’s children.
2) When we believe.
3) When we pray.
4) When we serve.
- What happens when we lose Christ’s authority? Reflect how you had suffered loss because of that.
- How can we claim Christ’s authority in our daily living?
- Can you hear God’s voice frequently? How do you feel and react when God is silent to you; or what would be your advice to someone in that state?