Luke 20:22 Authority

The issue of authority was big then as it is now. In our day people are taught to question authority. I suppose it has never been that much different. But that authority is a necessary element of civilized people is obvious to all but the basest of anarchists. The origin of authority is varied:

There is enforced authority
Such as that of the police; the authority is demanded because of a badge. Sometimes the man with this authority is as guilty as those he may be policing. His own integrity has little to do with his authority. In some instances to challenge his authority is in itself a crime.

There is inherited authority
Such as belongs to a military officer whose authority is the result of an education and commission.

There is earned authority
When a man has proven himself a leader and those who may have at first followed out of duty begin to follow out of devotion.

There is voluntary authority
When people follow a man because they believe in his cause or His message.

The highest of all authority is that which is given by God
It is seldom (except in the case of government which is ordained of God) forced upon its subjects.

 

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America, the Land of Liberty

Everywhere we look these days it seems like there is someone else screaming about the injustices of the United States.

  • We were terrible to the blacks
  • We were terrible to the native Americans 
  • We were terrible to the poor
  • We were terrible to the Chinese 

Turns out Columbus was a bad person. So was, the way many tell it today, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln. Oh forget it! It’s useless trying to name all the scum that has surfaced in the history of the US.

But I listened to the final episode of a podcast called Revolutions. The host did not publicly note the significance of this, but he did remark that, in 1848, at the bitter end of all the world revolutions of that year, all of those failed revolutionaries fled for their lives to, you guessed it, the United States.

Truth be told they weren’t the only ones making their way to America. They came from Spain, France, Russia, Ireland, Germany. Name the place, name the culture, name the race creed or religion and you will find people from them who came here for a better life.

Did it work out for everyone? Of course not. Success in life is not guaranteed by governments, no matter how beneficent. But they did come and they did have a chance and many more of them than not did improved their place over where they had been.

No one has ever claimed the earliest people in our country were perfect. But I for one am still thankful for the country they created and I am thankful to be a part of it.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands
One nation under God, indivisible
With liberty and justice for all”

Ezra 4:12 Just That Bad

Bad is nondescript.

It is a negative without any definitive reason. It’s a word that is used when we can’t think of anything more specific to say.

 

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Predisposed Faith

 

Here’s the thing, there is nothing in the Bible that has ever been scientifically proven to be false. Nothing. 

  • Not archeologically 
  • Not anthropologically
  • Not historically 

Nothing 

Not even evolution. Though evolution is almost universally accepted in the scientific community there is a great deal of disagreement in evolutionary theory. That is, as much as the atheist and agnostic hates to admit it, because there is no scientific proof for it. No one has ever observed or replicated an evolutionary process. 

John 13:1 Classic Love

John 13:1(KJV)
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

“…He loved them unto the end.”

My mind conjured the word “classic” in relationship to this phrase.

Consider what the Bible says concerning God’s love:

  • God so loved the world
  • God commended his love while we were yet sinners
  • He first loved us
  • Behold what manner of love

And here, he loved them unto the end.

God loves us all, loves us immeasurably, loves us unconditionally, loves us sacrificially and loves us enduringly.

Classic love.

 

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John 13:1 Classic Love

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John 12:27 Pray Away Troubles?

John 12:27 (KJV)
Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

Jesus did not shirk from the course He came to fulfill. Though His soul was troubled; though His course would be painful, agonizing and humiliating, He stayed true.

  • He could have prayed to be saved
  • He could have called the angels to deliver Him
  • He could have simply spoken it to stop

But what good would that have done? His cause was just. His purpose was necessary. No good thing could have happened if He had called it off.

I wonder how often we ask the Lord to call off His purpose in our lives when we discover it will be painful or troubling? We can’t simply speak ourselves out of trouble but we sure can pray it away. What if the thing we avoid is the very cause by which God would be glorified in us? Perhaps we are too quick to pray away troubles and difficulties. Perhaps more care should be taken that we learn whether this trouble is intended by God to honor the Lord.

 

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John 12:27 Pray Away Troubles?

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John 11:41-43 Just To Thank Him

John 11:41-43 (KJV)
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

Behold the power and authority of Jesus Christ. Lazarus, a man who had been four days dead, heard the voice of Jesus, resurrected to life and came forth out of the grave.

This event was witnessed by those:

  • Who knew Lazarus to be dead four days
  • Who had stayed at his grave all this time and
  • Who were aware of the claims of Christ’s deity

There were questions about what Jesus might have been able to do if He had arrived before Lazarus died. But when Lazarus arose; this was unexpected by everyone.

What authority!

What power!

Truly, with God, all things are possible!

But the thing I notice is that, before He called Lazarus from the grave, He spoke with His Father. It wasn’t that He had to ask for the power. It wasn’t that He asked His Heavenly Father to resurrect Lazarus; Jesus could, would and did do that. He spoke to His father to thank Him and to acknowledge Him.

We shouldn’t only pray when we need something. We ought to pray just to speak with God, to acknowledge Him in all things and to thank Him for everything.

 

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John 11:41-43 Just To Thank Him

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Luke 24:1-4 The Early Bird

They say that the early bird catches the worm.

The Bible says these women came to the sepulchre of Jesus “very early in the morning.” Not just early, I would have still respected that, but very early.

 

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John 10:40-42 Greater Works Than Miracles

John 10:40-42 (KJV)
And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.
And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
And many believed on him there.

John the Baptist did no miracles. What he did was a greater work than any miracle would be; he spoke the truth about Jesus.

We have a befuddled mixture of false ideas about ministry these days:

Some groups believe powerful ministry is the working of miracles
These groups create these weird scenarios where trumped up reports of healings and visions and “words of knowledge” are manifested. What they will do to convince people they have the power of God is limited only by imagination.

Some groups believe powerful ministry is manifested in notoriety
Billy Graham and others like him are lauded as great men of God because of their popularity.

Some groups would define the power of God as having large audiences
Of course the size of those audiences can be different depending on the group. The mega-church bunch might call it several thousand. Another might reduce it to several hundred but the mindset is still the same; numbers equal authority and power with God

Another group might say that such power that is in the number of professions in Christ they record
It might be they are not able to keep them in their church, or even get them there one time, but they can still say they led them in a prayer. Enough of these professions becomes, for them, a mark of the power of God.

I prefer the one John the Baptist was known for, he spoke the truth about Jesus
Everything else can be faked, trumped up or man made. But the truth about Jesus as found in the Word of God, only this uplifted in the Bible, accountable to everyone who possesses a Bible and happens only through honest study of the Word of God.

 

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John 10:40-42 Greater Works Than Miracles

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John 9:8-10 What Jesus Does Is A Big Deal

John 9:8-10 (KJV)
The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

My thought today is simply what a big deal was made of what Jesus did.

True enough, He gave sight to one who was born blind. That is a big deal. People didn’t quickly get over it.

  • There were questions before the healing as to why he was born blind
  • There were questions afterwards whether he had really been born blind
  • There were questions about how he who was blind had been healed
  • There were questions about the nature of the One who had healed him
  • There were questions about the spiritual position of those who accepted this as from God or not.

Nothing much has changed these two thousand years. Some people still find great benefit in Christ. Some find hope in the work of Christ in others. However some are threatened by Christ’s work; some see it as superstition and some believe it to be of the devil.

Those of us who have been helped by faith in Christ simply enjoy what God has accomplished in us.

 

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John 9:8-10 What Jesus Does Is A Big Deal

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