The Baptism of John, Was it from Heaven, or of Men?

Our country’s elections are fast approaching.  If you turn on the radio or TV, you hear more and more advertisements.  You probably are receiving spirited pleas from various people about why you should vote for one candidate or another.  The passion and rhetoric is picking up.  Things are getting heated.  Why?  Why does everyone get so excited about the elections?  Because we are picking who will lead our government.  And our government is our nation’s authority.  We recognize that the people in authority have a very powerful role over our life.  And since we live in a nation that allows us to have a role in picking the leaders in our government, we take that responsibility seriously.  And so we pick the people we want to submit to.  We recognize that the government is in a position of authority, and so we want to pick the leaders who we want in that position of authority over us.

You see, that’s what I want us to think about today – authority.  That’s the question that is raised in our passage for today.  There is a question of authority in our passage.  This question has to do with Jesus.  Simply put, by what authority is Jesus acting?  Jesus is obviously acting from a position of authority, but whose authority is it?  Let’s take a look at this passage and find out.

Passage: Mark 11:27-12:12
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 11/02/2008 in Novato, CA.

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