What a great message from Danny Smith yesterday on this text:
And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet. So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” (Mark 11:27-33 ESV)
As we kick off our week and sign into the Word I would ask you to read over this text and look for things that jump out to you. Four quick areas that we are going to study a bit further through-out the week.
The first thought is ‘being prepared to answer’. In our busy lives, we are always faced with opportunities to give answer to others about our faith in Christ.
Next, this text has at its center the authority of Jesus. Just as we must be prepared to answer others we also must recognize that we have an answer to provide to Him about who He is to us.
Third, I see the topic of fear. Fear can keep us from God’s best for our life and can limit us in so many other ways. Fear was a big part of this text.
Lastly, our text shows us one of the many traps that the enemy can lay for us. Sometimes subtle and other times not so much…
What stands out to you?