Day 2: The Question of Authority
Read: Mt. 21:23-27; Mk. 11:27-33; Lk. 20:1-8.
The chief priest and the elders challenged the authority of Jesus for doing “these things”: cleansing of the temple, miraculous healings, and teachings. They attempted to trap Jesus in His word to prove Him to be a false prophet. They asked, “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”
Jesus answered their question by replying with a question designed to catch the interrogators in their own inconsistency. Paul said we were dead in sin but made alive to God; but, then, why do so many Christians feel so dead or dry in their spiritual life? Perhaps, there are too many inconsistencies in our behaviors that do not give evidence to who we believe. Ask yourselves: Does the way I treat people reflect the way God has treated me? Why do I so easily abandon relationships that are difficult?
When we realize our inconsistencies in whom we believe we are left to fake, to some degree, our true spiritual life. Dorothy Day said, “I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.”
Paul said, “Love never fails.” The word “fail” is used to describe a flower falling to the ground, withered and decayed. It carries the meaning of death and abolishment. However, God’s love will never fall to the ground, wither, and decay. God’s love will never be abolished because it is eternal. During the Passion Week, take a closer look at the cross so that you will experience a renewal. Let the revival take place in your heart!
The psalmist said, “Order your life in alignment with me and I will show you My power of saving souls” (Psalmist 50:23 PTT). God wants His power to gush out through our lives; but when we let our hearts be divided, we hinder the flow of God power. Align your heart with the God’s word, and let the flow of His Spirit spill over so that many lost souls may come to know the Lord.
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