Read – Mark 11:12-33
The chief priests, scribes and elders asked Jesus: “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” Mark 11:27-28
At times we should be careful in asking questions we may not be ready to receive answers for that we did not expect. Questions can often be indications of unbelief and rebellion. Questions frequently can disclose and argumentative spirit. Questions are also one of Satan’s most effective means of destroying faith in men. “Who made you the boss?” was the gist of the question asked of Jesus. It appears that the purpose of the question posed to Jesus was that the authorities were hoping to trap Him. If His authority came directly from God, they might be able to accuse Him of blasphemy. If He claimed that the authority came from Him, they might be able to ridicule him and make him appear foolish. The religious leaders sought the answers to their questions, but they never anticipated the answers they would receive. Jesus posed a question to His opponents: “Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer me” (Mark 11:30). Jesus would not affirm His authority because no matter how impressive or compelling it was, they would resist it. Jesus had claimed to be more than man. His authority was not from men, but of God. The religious leaders could not tolerate Jesus because He claimed to be more than a mere man. Many people too, like those in Jesus’ day, are willing to accept Jesus as a good man, an impressive teacher or a noble example for men to follow. But, they stop short at the crucial point of His divinity. This is what sets Him apart from all men, and what qualified Him to be the Savior of the world. Amen.
Reflection and Application: As you look at Mark 11:12 what authority was Jesus claiming?
How about you? Is the Bible your final authority-despite what humans may say or do to the contrary?
Thank You for looking beyond our faults and loving us unconditionally. Forgive us for when we fail to love others. Give us eyes to see the needs of the difficult people in our lives and show us how to meet those needs. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.