Monday after Lent 3

Sunbeams Trough the Clouds

27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, 28 and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you a question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men? Answer me.” 31 And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32 But shall we say, ‘From men’?”—they were afraid of the people, for all held that John was a real prophet. 33 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” ~ Mark 11:27-33 (NASB)

The chief priests, scribes, and elders had to know that John’s authority was from Heaven and even more that Jesus’ authority was from Heaven. Not only did Jesus’ authority come from God the Father, but Jesus and the Father are one. When He walked the earth as a man, Jesus was truly a man, having given up all the glory and majesty He was due in Heaven.

Heavenly Father, as Jesus submitted His will and authority to You. Lord, let me submit my will to You. I have no power of my own. I can lean only on You. Remind me that I can’t add one minute to my life or one hair to my head. All power is Yours. I yield to Your power and Your control of my life. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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