By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.
September 28, 2014 (16th Sunday after Pentecost613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... »)
When ChristianI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » Herter was governorMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » of Massachusetts, he was running hard for a second term in office. One day, after a busy morning chasing votes (and no lunch) he arrived at a churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » barbecue or food fellowship. It was late afternoon and Mr. Herter was famished. As he moved down the serving line, he held out his plate to the womanJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » serving chickenIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... ». She put a piece on his plate and turned to the next person in line.
“Excuse me,” Governor Herter said, “do you mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » if I have another piece of chicken?”
“Sorry,” the woman told him. “I’m supposed to giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » one piece of chicken to each person.”
“But I’m starved,” the governor said.
“Sorry,” the woman said again. “Only one to a customer.”
Governor Herter was a modest and unassuming manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... », but he decided that this timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » he would throw a little weight around.
“Do you knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » who I am?” he said. “I am the governor.”
“Do you know who I am?” the woman said. “I’m the ladyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » in charge of the chicken. Move along, mister” (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).
That storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » is about authority. Our passage today talks about authority. It seems people want to exert their own authority in every situation. Sometimes it is goodWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... », but sometimes it is bad especially if they just want to satisfy their own interests.
I. The Religious“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » Leaders Ask JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » on Authority
Matthew 21The Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... »:23 says, “And when he was comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » into the templeJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... », the chief priestsHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?”
In human society, authority is very importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... ». Some people do not work or could not work if they have no authority. If you are a medical doctor or nurse, after your studies where did you get your authority? Of course"How to Use Church Web Effectively for God's Ministry?". Read more ... », you need to pass the board, and the government will give you certification and authority to practice your professions. The US presidentThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » gets his authority from the people after his election, and it is sealed with the prayerWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » and covenantYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » with GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... ». That’s why he pledges with one hand on the BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... ».
The religious leaders—the chief priests and the elders of the people (council leaders) asked Jesus who gave him authority to do miracles and preachJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » the gospelDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... »!
They asked that simply because their authorities were threaten with Jesus’ authority. Perhaps the elders and priests were arguing, “Who is this man exercising some kind of authority? We are the authorities! We are elected by the people, our tribe had been the priests since the time of our religionThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... ».” The authority and interests of the religious leaders were threaten with the comingThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » of Jesus. So they were looking for reasons to pin down Jesus.
Jesus knew that so he answered them with series of questions.
II. The Religious Leaders Get Questions on Authority
Matthew 21:24-26 says, “And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one question, which if ye tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptismThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » of JohnThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... », whence was it? from heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » or from men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why then did ye not believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » him? But if we shall say, From men; we fearPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » the multitude; for all hold John as a prophetIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... ».”
Jesus knew his apologetics. He knew to reason out his faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » and authority. He answered them with questions. If they would answered them, either or, they would be in trouble.
The questions on authority of the religious leaders were not to know the truthHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » or to strengthen their faith, but to find fault against Jesus, since they wanted to destroyThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » him.
III. The Religious Leaders ReceiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » No Answer613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » on Authority
Matthew 21:27 says, “And they answered Jesus, and said, We know not. He also said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.”
The priests and the council leaders did not get any answer from Jesus since they did not also answer Jesus’ questions.
However, we as ChristiansNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » now, we know that Jesus’ authority came from God. He was sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » by His FatherThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » with powerMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » (Matthew 28:18).
The good thing here is that Jesus shared his authority to his apostles“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... ». Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I send“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » you!” (John 20:21) in other wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », “as the Father has sent me with authority, so I send you with authority, too.”
Yes, every spiritPay it Forward Now!. Read more ... »-filled Christians must know that they have power and authority coming from the LordIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » since he send us like the sending of His Father.
In a seminaryWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » missionCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push.
After pondering his problem, he devised a planHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... ». He went to the schoolThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... » near his home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... », got permission to take some childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » out of class, and had them push his car off.
As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engineCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years.
IllLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » health forced the Jackson familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. When Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started, the new man began looking under the hood.
Before the explanation was complete“It is Finished!”. Read more ... », the new missionary interrupted, “Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable.” He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson’s astonishment, the engine roared to lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... ».
For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from putting that power to work.
J.B. Phillips paraphrases Ephesians l:19-20, “How tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God.” When we make firm our connection with God, his life and power flow through us (sermonillustrations.com).
Indeed, if we are connected with God, the power and authority flow through us, and we become victorious in our life, ministryLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... » and serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » to humanity.