What authority does Jesus have in our lives? What role do we play in granting that authority? And how might it change us to acknowledge it more completely?

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When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came to him as he was teaching. They asked, “What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority?”

Matthew 21:23

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From our perspective, the priests and elders may seem silly to question Jesus about his authority. But from their point of view, this man was a threat. Just before this encounter Jesus physically kicked people out of the temple who were selling animals to be used as sacrificial offerings, which was a time-honored religious practice of the day. Now he’s giving some kind of public lecture. It’s no surprise that the temple officials are outraged. Who does this guy think he is? And who approved this class he’s offering?

Jesus had a habit of “turning the tables” wherever he went. He upset the established religious and social order by standing up for those who were disadvantaged in his society. And he continually challenged those in power to use that power to benefit others rather than for their own advantage and status. How is he still challenging us today? What would he say about the systems we’re a part of? And what happens if we are willing to give him authority in our lives?

Chad Senuta

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Lord, help me to see from your perspective and allow your authority to enter more and more into my world. Amen.

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May your knowledge of Jesus and the way you live your life draw nearer and nearer until both become one.

Go in peace, inviting and seeking that unity.

Chad Senuta

Chad Senuta serves as the Associate for Youth and Campus Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. He enjoys good coffee, listening to music on vinyl, and spending time with his family. He lives in Northfield, IL with his wife Lisa and two daughters.

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