A Question of Authority

markThis message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday morning, November 25, 2007, and was taken from Mark 11:27-12:12.

Don’t you wish that in the midst of the chaos in this fast-paced, information-overloaded age there was one clear, authoritative voice? Well, there is and his name is Jesus, and he speaks to matters pertaining to life and death; eternal matters.

What kind of authority did Jesus have?
1. The authority of Jesus is reflected in the fact that he cannot and will not ever be intimidated (Mark 11:27-33.
2. The authority is able to silence the rebuke of his critics and deliver a powerful rebuke of his own (Mark 12:1-9, 12).
3. The authority of Jesus rests solidly in who he is and what he has done (Mark 12:10,11, quoting Psalm 118:22,23).

God made flesh, and author of recreation through the cross, Jesus is the one ultimate authority. Jesus alone is the means to life eternal and abundant – to all who will believe and repent. One day we all will have to answer this question: “Who is Jesus, and what is his relationship to you?”

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