Questioning Authority (Mt 23:23) by Dr. Rich Reich

16 Dec Questioning Authority (Mt 23:23) by Dr. Rich Reich

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“When Jesus had come into the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him as he was teaching and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things?  And who gave you this authority?’” ~ Mt 23:23 (full readings)

Rich’s Reflections:  In today’s reading, the chief priests and the elders of the people questioned the authority of Jesus.  They inquire with the intention of handcuffing Jesus and preventing Him from exercising further authority.  Such people wish to control their own lives, and do not want interference from Jesus.  As long as the Lord allows things to go as they please, they will allow Him to continue to work in their lives.  When the Lord takes authority in a manner opposed to their will, they start questioning His authority.  In our culture today, many question the authority of Jesus, because they find His ways too difficult to follow (abstinence until marriage, relationships based on love and not lust, the sanctity of marriage, protecting the dignity of all human life).  These things may seem challenging, but the alternatives are worse (single parenting, divorce, abuse, adultery, abortion).  Jesus has a plan for us to share in His love.  He wants us to know true love that is free, total, faithful, and fruitful.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team.  He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO.  Full bio.

Faith Challenge:  Be open to the ways of the Lord.  Allow Him to have authority over your will.

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