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WHOSE AUTHORITY ?

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As Jesus was walking through the Temple area, the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the other leaders came up to him. They demanded, ” By whose authority did you drive out the merchants from the Temple? Who gave you such authority ?” Mark 11:27-28
Q. Where does Jesus authority come from ? When do you question Jesus authority over your own life?
I find it hard to fathom as to why the religious leaders even considered it necessary to ask Jesus by whose authority He cleared the Temple. This was a House of Prayer and they had allowed it to become a market place seething with dishonesty. They were supposed to be leaders and representatives of Gods people in the community! Instead of listening to Jesus and following His example and teaching, they chose to question His just actions and by whom He had been given the authority.
Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else in this world or the world to come. And God has put all things under the authority of Christ…… Ephesians 2:21-22
Jesus even stated , ” I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth ….” Matthew 28:18
What does authority mean? It is the power to issue directives accompanied by the right to expect obedience! If we apply that to worldly principles in today’s society , it may evoke negative connotations and feelings. We seem to have an aversion to coming under authority and obedience.
But it so different with Jesus. He does not seek to forcefully rule over our lives……He gives us the choice. He does not seek to control and manipulate our lives…….He gives us the choice. Every time we question His plan and will for our lives, doubt the path He has laid out for us, disbelieve His goodness towards us, we are questioning His authority over our lives .
” For I know the plans I have for you,” says The Lord. ” They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Obedience to Christ is not a burden, quite the contrary. It brings joy and fullness of life……if we would simply trust in Him.
Lxx

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TURNING THE TABLES

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Walk Towards Easter. 9.
When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the stalls of those selling doves, and He stopped everyone from bringing in merchandise. Mark 11:15-16
Q. What offended Jesus? How might you offend Jesus?
” My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.” Mark 11:17
Why was Jesus so angry? It wasn’t simply the fact that they had turned the Temple into a market place, that was bad enough. He refers to it as a den of thieves. The merchants were profiteering from the people, they were dishonestly trading. In other words, they were ripping their customers off ! This was supposed to be a place where worshipers came to worship, seek God , pray and learn His ways. To fellowship with one another, a place where all should be treated with love and respect.
Could it be that in our own places of worship we offend Jesus? Are we dishonest, do we miss represent Him? Do we really love , do we really forgive, do we serve for His purpose or our own gain? Do we walk our talk?
Jesus wants us to be authentic, the real deal. No showmanship , just raw honesty and a genuine love.
A place of prayer for all………let us be the ones to welcome all who enter into His House with a sincere and earnest representation of Jesus……Love.
Lxx