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The truth or what people think?

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | July 18, 2023 | Matthew 21:24-27

KEY VERSE:

²⁵…..They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ ²⁶But if we say, ‘Of human origin’- we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” Matthew 21:25, 26 (NIV)


MESSAGE:

The religious leaders raised the question of Jesus’ authority, and He answered by raising the question of their competence to judge such an issue. Their ability to judge John the Baptist and his ministry was a measure of their ability to judge Jesus as well. If the religious authorities rightly answer it, they will already have the correct answer to their question. They answered only after carefully calculating the political consequences of either answer. They didn’t seem interested in answering the question honestly, only cleverly. This showed they were more interested in the opinions of the multitude rather than the will of God. They could not say, ‘Of men,’ because they were cowards and they would not say, ‘Of heaven,’ for they were hypocrites. Jesus' intention was not merely to engage in a debate but to reveal the hearts of the religious leaders. By referring to John, Jesus challenged them to acknowledge the divine origin of John's ministry and, by extension, Jesus' authority. The religious leaders' reluctance to answer exposed their self-interest and lack of genuine faith.


Jesus' response reveals His divine wisdom and understanding of the religious leaders' intentions. He demonstrates that true authority is not merely granted by human institutions but originates from God. His authority is not based on human approval or earthly power but originates from His very nature as the second person of the Trinity. As we reflect on this passage, we are reminded that Jesus possesses the ultimate authority as the Son of God. By recognizing and submitting to His authority, we open ourselves to a deeper understanding of His teachings and a closer relationship with Him. In contrast, a heart of obedience recognizes that Jesus' authority requires a response of humility, surrender, and willingness to align our lives with His will. As Christians, we affirm that Jesus' authority extends over all creation, including our lives. Recognizing and submitting to his authority is a fundamental aspect of our faith.


FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE

How do you respond to the authority of Jesus? Do you acknowledge Jesus’ authority and submit to Him with a heart of humility and obedience? As you meditate on Matthew 21:24-27, may you affirm His divine identity, His role as the ultimate source of truth and salvation. Find out what "Truth" thinks before you worry about what people think and you will always find your way through any dilemma.


PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I come before you humbly, seeking your grace and guidance. Today, I pray for the sincere desire to trust the authority of your Son, Jesus Christ, and to submit to Him in true obedience. Lord, help me to truly grasp the depth of His divine authority and to surrender my heart to Him completely. Remove any doubts or hesitations that hinder me from fully trusting in His wisdom and sovereignty. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

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