Wednesday 7th March 2018
A Senior Political Figure was at a BBQ and was going to get some chicken off the BBQ. The lady serving the chicken gave him one piece and then asked him to move on. The VIP asked for some extra chicken but the lady refused and said it is one piece per person. The Politician was a humble person but decided to exert a little bit of authority and said, “Do you know who I am?” The lady replied, “Yes, but do you know who I am? I am the lady in charge of the chicken.”
My question to you this morning is simple – Do you know who is in charge?
I would encourage you to put yourself under his authority in every area of your life – there is nothing better than living under the shadow of His wing.
In our text from Luke 20 v 1 – 8, when the Religious Leaders questioned Jesus’ authority he replied with a questions of his own:
“I will also ask you a question. Tell me: John’s baptism —was it from heaven, or of human origin?”
This was a great question. If the Religious Leaders said heaven which was the correct answer they would have to accept Jesus’ authority because John Baptized Jesus and that is when God said, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”
You see we can’t accept some parts of the Gospel but not all the Gospel. Jesus wants to have Lordship over all of our lives.
If the Religious Leaders said human origin then they would be going against the feelings of the crowd who believed John was a messenger from God. By saying nothing and refusing to decide they were refusing the Lordship of Christ. The truth is that the Religious Leaders wanted to be in charge – they wanted the authority and they were not willing to surrender that authority to Christ or to the people.
Interesting, at the reply of the Religious Leaders, Jesus stopped the conversation dead – there was no punch line there was no hope. Because he refused to answer their question. To live life to the full we need to completed broken before God – he that loses his life will gain his life. We need to be completely submitted to his authority.
Luke 20 v 17 – 19
Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:
“‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”
The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
Will you fall on that stone and allow him to break you and shape you? Will you like Peter declare that he is “God’s Messiah” or will you say like the Chief Priest and Religious Leaders, “Who do you think you are?”