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"?