26 January 2015
"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.