Jesus refuses to allow permanent “fence riding, He calls for a decision

Protestors vs. Pursuers
Jesus’ Authority – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Luke 20:1-8

Key Verse: Luke 20:2

“Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”

Jesus always brings people to a crossroad of faith and decision.  He refuses to allow permanent “fence riding;” we must eventually choose one side or the other.  Are we going to simply be protestors of things we don’t like in our society or pursuers of truth?

In our scripture for today, the chief priest and teachers of the law were protestors of this “new way” Jesus was representing.  They believed that they had all the truth to be had.  It is sad to think that they were looking into the face of the Son of God yet did not see the eternal truth that came alive in their presence.  Jesus knew they would refuse to accept Him and this new revelation from God.

A pursuer is one who is truly interested in who Jesus is and what He is teaching.  I am defining a pursuer as one who does not have an agenda or “axe to grind.”  A pursuer is an open minded person who is curious about God’s revelation in Jesus.  He has yet to come to faith but feels a need in their life.  At our church we try to encourage pursuing.  We want people to ask their questions and look for answers.  We feel the gospel can hold up under scrutiny.  Even though the last step will need to be a step of faith, God allows pursuers to ask honest questions.

Father, remind me to be patient with people that have yet to accept your salvation offer.  I will try to help them in their journey to you.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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