Powerful insight to keep in mind from Jesse Weeks today! Dig in…
A couple of additional things to take away from our study of Mark 11:27-33 and the questioning of Jesus’ authority.
People, then and now, place too much importance on meeting the qualifications of men for religious authority and not nearly enough on meeting God’s qualifications. Many consider a modernist theologian who graduated from an esteemed divinity school, has thousands of followers and millions in donations as being more worth listening to than a preacher who has studied and believed the Scriptures and leads your local congregation. They would have fit well into this group of leaders who attacked Jesus. We must learn not to think so highly of men or women, but rather let the Scriptures be our authority.
1 Corinthians 4:6 advises us, “Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, ‘Do not go beyond what is written.’ Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.” Remember it was the counterparts to our modern day Seminary graduates and respected theologians that demanded Jesus’ crucifixion.
These religious leaders challenged Jesus to demonstrate the basis of His authority. Their question highlights the same issue that confronts everyone today who considers the claims of Christ. Will we acknowledge that Jesus rightfully has authority over our lives? Or, like these, will we try to avoid answering the question? 1 Peter 3:15 tells us “But in yours hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Be careful of “wolves in sheep’s’ clothing” trying to lead you astray of The Word, and always be prepared to answer anyone about your faith!