What Jesus Did! 'Heavenly or Human?' — Mark 11:29-30

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Jesus answered, "I will ask you a question. You answer my question. Then I will tell you whose authority I use to do these things. Tell me: When John baptized people, did that come from God or was it only from other people? Answer me!"
— Mark 11:29-30 NLT
Illustration of Mark 11:29-30 NLT — "I will ask you a question."

Key Thought

Jesus didn't try to defend his authority. It would be amply demonstrated. In fact, he had already demonstrated it throughout his ministry by casting out demons, healing diseases, and speaking with the power and wisdom of God himself. If his opponents refused to believe, there was nothing he could do or say to change that ... except maybe die and be raised again. But, he still didn't back down at their petty little displays of their token authority. Rather than argue with them about authority, he challenged them back with a question that would stump them. His question demonstrated what they refused to believe. Jesus knew authority. Jesus spoke with authority. Jesus was authority, so he asked them to answer him. They couldn't. They were left with only the bitterest of plans ... they must kill him! Even then, as we know today, they didn't have the authority or power to pull off their mission! Praise God; Jesus is the one authority over us all!

Today's Prayer

Father, I cannot tell you how comforting it is to know that the one to whom you have given authority over my life is also the one who died to save it. Thank you for grace. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for placing all authority in him. In Jesus' name, and to his glory as Lord, I offer this prayer. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 8:5-10, 13
  • 2 Peter 1:3-4
  • Revelation 5:9-14


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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