What Jesus Did! 'By Whose Authority?' — Mark 11:27-28

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jesus and his followers went again to Jerusalem. Jesus was walking in the temple area. The leading priests, the teachers of the law, and the older Jewish leaders came to Jesus. They said to Jesus, "Tell us! What authority (power) do you have to do these things? Who gave you this authority?"
— Mark 11:27-28 NLT
Illustration of Mark 11:27-28 NLT — "Tell us! What authority (power) do you have to do these things? Who gave you this authority?"

Key Thought

The apparent religious leaders demanded Jesus, the true spiritual leader, to answer their questions about his authority! Before Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, this was a natural thing to have happen. The Temple and all things religious were their domain. They were the respected authorities. They supposedly were motivated by the best interests of Israel and the preservation of their religious institutions. In light of their rejection of Jesus, the crucifixion of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus, their question about Jesus' authority becomes silly. How dare they challenge the one who has the power over life and death? How dare they doubt the religious authority of the one for whom God demonstrated his approval and love? So the real question for you and me today is this: "On which side of the cross and resurrection do I view Jesus?" Hopefully we view him on the side on which we not only see Jesus' authority, but we also have responded to that authority with appreciation, admiration, and obedience.

Today's Prayer

O Father, forgive my foolish ways and my foolish pride. I believe that Jesus died and rose again. I believe he has the authority over life and death. Help me base my choices on that conviction and live for him. In Jesus' name I ask this. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acst 2:36-39
  • Romans 1:2-4
  • Matthew 28:18

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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