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What will you do with Jesus?

Scripture reading for April 26th: Luke 22:55-23:10

“When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see Him.  From what he had heard about Him, he hoped to see Him perform some miracle.  He plied Him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.” (Luke 23:8-9)  This was the Herod who had earlier killed John the Baptist and was the ruler in Galilee.  Herod was curious about Jesus.  The news of Jesus’ miracles had reached his ears, and he wanted to meet this man.  He wanted to see one of the miracles, but not so he could believe on Him!   His miracles were not for entertainment or to satisfy someone’s curiosity.

This refusal to answer brought mockery from Herod and those around him.  Herod had an elegant robe put on Jesus and they hailed Him as ‘king of the Jews’. Jesus looked like an unlikely ‘king’, as He stood there bruised, accused falsely, and mocked by those in authority and by the religious leaders in Jerusalem.  Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate, and these two political leaders who had been enemies, became friends over dealing with Jesus.  How sad to think that these who had the opportunity to find truth and eternal life, were oblivious to their own need and to Jesus who could truly help them if they would ask sincerely.

Just previous to this, Jesus had given straight answers to serious questions.  When asked by the council of elders if He was the Christ, Jesus answered,”If I tell you, you will not believe  Me, and if I asked you, you would not answer.  But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” They then asked point blank, “Are You then the Son of God?”  He replied, “You are right in saying I am.” (Luke 22:67-70)  Jesus told them truth but they did not want to believe.  They had made up their minds.  Using Jesus’ answer, they accused Him of blasphemy.

Each person must decide who Jesus is.  Do we believe Jesus or not?  The religious leaders refused to believe Him after seeing miracles.  The rulers Herod and Pilate refused to believe.  All rejected truth because of a lack of humility.  Today is a day of decision.  What will you do with Jesus?

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Where did Jesus get His authority?

Scripture reading for March 4th: Mark 11:26-12:17, Psalms 47:1-9, Proverbs 10:24-25

“They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him.  “By what authority are you doing these things?”  they asked.  “And who gave you authority to do this?” (Mark 11:27-28)

Jesus had just cleansed the temple, overturning the tables of the money changers and teaching the people about God’s house being a house of prayer.  This caused the religious authorities to begin looking for a way to kill Him.  They feared Him because all the people were amazed at His teaching and were drawn to Jesus.  They did not understand why Jesus felt that He had authority to take charge in their assigned domain of the temple.  They were insecure and felt threatened and their worldly way of handling this was murder!  This was in the face of the Son of God and directly opposed to the commandment of God that told them “Thou shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13)

These men came to Jesus and asked Him where He got His authority.  “Who do you think you are?” would be a modern day translation of this confrontation.  Jesus answered them with another question and told them He would reveal His source of authority if they could or would answer His question.  “”John’s baptism, was it from heaven, or from men?”   Tell Me.” (Mark 11:29b)  These leaders discussed their possible answers.  They could say “from heaven” and Jesus would ask them why they didn’t respond to John and believe John that Jesus was the “lamb of God”.  They feared saying that it was from men, because the people all believed that John was a prophet who spoke from God.  So they simply avoided an answer and Jesus refused to give them an answer directly.

Jesus was really probing what they really believed and getting at the root of all faith.  Who do you really believe that Jesus is?   Where do you think Jesus got His authority?   It comes down to a matter of faith and God will give us all the evidence we need to believe if we open our hearts and want to know.  If we are really plotting Jesus’ destruction, even the truth standing in front of us won’t matter!  Have you settled this question in your heart?  Today is a good time!

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