Saturday:8th Week of the year-C-Cycle I
I Reading: Ecclesiasticus 51:12-20: Glory be to him who has given me wisdom.
Gospel: Mark 11: 27-33: What authority have you for acting like this?
The Authority of Jesus Questioned: Two Choices Concerning Jesus,
This is an important event. Both religionists and civil leaders confronted Jesus head-on, doing all they could to trap and discredit Jesus before the people so they could arrest him and have him killed. Jesus was very forceful in attacking self-righteousness and unbelief. Jesus said, a person even a religionist, who continued in self-righteousness was unworthy of God’s kingdom. Obstinate unbelief would doom any person.
1. Jesus was in the temple (v.27)
a. He was walking
b. The religionists approached and questioned him
2. The question of Jesus’ authority (v.28)
a. Authority of works
b. Authority of person
3. The Choices for man: Illustrated by John the Baptist (v.29-32)
a. Choice one: He was from God
b. Choice two: He was a mere man
4. The tragic answer: No decision (v.33)
Thought: Indecision and agnosticism are always tragic. They just would not convinced of the truth even if Jesus Christ openly revealed the truth to them, they would reject.