The authority of Jesus

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In the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus was asked about his authority. Who was he, and who sent him? But Jesus showed that the real question was - did those asking him actually want to know? They did not, because the truth would cost them too much. Jesus does not only unite, but divides. But what the leaders of Israel did not want to see, the common people did, and rejoiced in, as the truth set them free. Which side of the divide are you on?

Passages:Mark 11:26-33
Date:September 5, 2010
Series & Preacher:Gospel of Mark, David Anderson (Grace Baptist Church, Eldoret, Sunday Morning)
Tags:authority, jerusalem, jesus, john the baptist, mark, temple
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Mark 11:26-33

26But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. 27And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, 28And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things? 29And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me. 31And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him? 32But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed. 33And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things. (KJV)

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