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.

God Protects His Own

Lent: Day 9 – The Apostle Paul in all his wisdom can be very convicting at times. I think he relished every opportunity he had to get “in the face” of those who simply refused to believe in the Christ as the Messiah. He didn’t however spend a lot of time seeking out those people who did not believe or those convinced they already had it figured out. He used to be one of those people. His greater challenge, which he took on with such passion, was to those who would believe just by hearing, the seekers still asking questions and the truly lost caught in situations, of which, they by themselves, can’t get out. At any point and time in our lives we may find our selves in one of those three categories. It is at this point when knowledge and meditation of the scripture comes to our rescue to remind us of who we are and that God protects his own, wouldn’t you? It is so good to know the Lord. It is so good to know that we have not been left alone and so good to know that when we hold to the Christ within us we are protected by his grace, love, and mercy. Thank you Paul, for your words to the Corinthians today, upholding who we are and reminding us that God protects his temple and we are the temples.

1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

…all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.