26 January 2015

All Authority

"One day as Jesus was instructing the people in the temple [porches] and preaching the good news the Gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came up with the elders (members of the Sanhedrin) And said to Him, Tell us by what sort of authority You are doing these things? Or who is it who gave You this authority? He replied to them, I will also ask you a question. Now answer Me: Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men?" ~Luke 20:1-4 AMP

Jesus, in answering His religious leadership in this way, accomplished two things. First, He made a brilliant political move, shutting their mouths. They were caught between a rock and a hard place, and they knew it. 

Second, to those with ears to hear, He made absolutely clear that permission from men is not required in order to do the work Father in Heaven has given someone. It is the call of God that we must answer. Not men. 

Father in Heaven, I'm in awe of You. And I stand wholly amazed and in awe at the reality of Your Son. You are Righteous, and to Him ALL authority truly has been given. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and to God be given all glory and honor! Thank You, God, for all if it. For everything. This world. My life. All of it. Your children truly are "fearfully and wonderfully made", and more and more now I can't help but be joyful because I know in Whom I trust, and I know Who You Are . . . and I know Jesus: the King of all Creation, the reason I sing. God I lift Your name high, and pray my praise and prayers and faith are pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus' sweet name, amen. 

3 comments:

  1. And, Annalea, you have basically done the same thing as Christ did - stating a potentially controversial doctrine by quote scripture that cannot be refuted. May we all seek after and answer the call that Christ renders, that we may serve Him in humility and charity, even in the face of the raging tempest.

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  2. Mark 9

    38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

    39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

    40 For he that is not against us is on our part.

    41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

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  3. Steve

    Mosiah 21:33

    And it came to pass that king Limhi and many of his people were desirous to be baptized; but there was none in the land that had authority from God. And Ammon declined doing this thing, considering himself an unworthy servant.

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!