Prepare – Mark 11:27-33 (Tuesday)
They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?” Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!” They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.) So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
Tuesday morning, Jesus is back in Jerusalem where He had just escaped from the night before. Immediately, He is confronted by the chief priests and the teachers of the law, asking Him, “By what authority are you doing these things?” In today’s language it might have sounded like, “Who are you to tell us what to do?” To be honest, in today’s world no one wants to be told what to do.
Jesus responds with a question in verse 30 – “John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!” His question was not a trap; it was again another opportunity for them to realize and confess their stubbornness and unwillingness to surrender to the truth. When people are searching for truth, they ask questions. Little did they know, TRUTH was standing right in front of them.
Take a minute and rehearse the truth of who Jesus is and the truth of who you are in Him.
~ Pastor Andy Veith