Authority, Power & Eternal Life

Lent: Day 10 – Jesus brought people to true healing. If the Pharisees did not want to believe that Jesus was the Messiah, what and why did they care so much about the good works that he did on the Sabbath or any other day? If the Pharisees truly believed in God, why did they not trust that God would discredit Jesus’ actions? Why did they not put their faith in God’s judgment and authority? Why did they put themselves in place of God and subsequently transfer that authority over to the Roman officials? When we feel threatened, we often want to take matters into our own hands. Sometimes we even try to transfer those feelings on to someone else so that we don’t look like the “bad guy”. Any authority we have in addition to the authority and power we already have through scripture alone, is a gift and blessing from God. If we abuse the authority of our position, it can be taken away. The good news is that, like Paul, what we always have left is the authority and power of the Word. In times of struggle and confusion, we should lean on God’s authority and not our own. Don’t put your trust in those things that can be taken away, but only in those things that have and give eternal life.

Mark 2:23-3:6 ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?’…The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

1 Corinthians 4:1-7 It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.

Lost And Found

Friday:

For the believer, when life in the Christian journey becomes indistinguishable from the world you’ve probably lost your way. It happens to all of us at some point and time and its not always devastating, tragic or permanent. However, when you realize that you are lost, the moment can be scary and filled with anxiety. The parable of the lost sheep (Matthew 18:10-20) is an encouraging one for those times when we find ourselves traveling the wrong path. Much of the time we get lost because we simply take a wrong turn. We often stay lost because we fail to ask for directions. We may find our way, but it definitely takes us longer and a lot can happen in that lost time. A wonderful reconciliation begins to happen when the joy of the Shepherd at finding the lost, is met with comfort and relief felt by the one being found. All day long I will sing praise and glory to the one who seeks me out especially when I forget that it is okay to ask for directions!

Matthew 18:10-20 If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?