The text for the message is found in Luke 22:47-53.
Jesus’s submission to the authorities of darkness has two main characteristics:
The scripture for the sermon is found in Luke 22:24-30.
Three lessons about authority from these verses:
The text from this morning's message: Luke 19:45-20:8
There are three ways in which Jesus moves into the temple with boldness and claims authority in this space that was thought to be under the authority of the Sanhedrin:
(1) Jesus claims authority over the temple by cleansing it of the sellers there. Either Jesus really is sent from God and he’s restoring the temple to be the place of worship of the living God, or he’s an outsider with no actual authority who’s actually wrong in what he’s doing. There’s no middle ground.
(2) Jesus claims authority by taking the place of a teacher: “Every day he was teaching at the temple…. [A]ll the people hung on his words” (Luke 19:47).
(3) Jesus claims authority by comparing himself to John the Baptist and saying that his authority is from heaven just like John’s was.
How can we be encouraging each other to have more confidence in Jesus's authoritative claims, especially in the claim made about him in Acts 4:12: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved"?
Today's passage can be found in Luke 19:11-27
Two truths from this passage
1. God’s design from the time of creation was that humans should receive delegated authority from God and reign as co-rulers with him on earth (Genesis 1:28, Revelation 5:9-10).
2. The gift of authority comes to us with the responsibility of stewardship, to be used in line with the purposes for which it was given (Exodus 19:5-6).
Three implications from this passage
1. The kingdom of God is reserved for those who honor, accept, and surrender to the kingship of Jesus (John 1:12).
2. In the kingdom of God, there are no passive members or people who only give lip service to Jesus (Matthew 7:24-27).
3. Jesus, the king, calls us to participate in the growth and expansion of his kingdom on earth (Luke 19:16).
A few observations from the text this morning:
1. The fear of man produces hypocrisy. Whose opinion do you value more? Man’s or God’s? Valuing man’s opinion over God is what it means to fear man.
2. The fear of God produces freedom. The person who fears God is freed from the fear of man.
3. The fear of God produces action. The fear of God creates a boldness to proclaim the good news.