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Jesus said:
"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven."
Matthew 18:3.

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Luke's Gospel chapter 20, verses 1-8.

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You've no excuse!

If someone is doing something different or special they are likely to be asked, "Have you permission?" or "Have you authority to do that?"

Even the Lord Jesus Christ was often questioned about His authority. On this occasion Jesus was in Jerusalem and the people were fascinated by Him "preaching the Gospel." 1*.

"The chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to Him. ‘Tell us by what authority you are doing these things?'" 2*.

These religious leaders did not like to see the people showing such interest in Jesus' preaching. They did not want the people to be turning to Him and forsaking them! They were so jealous they wanted some excuse to kill Jesus!

Jesus knew their question was to try to get Him to say something they could arrest Him for. Really, the answer to their question was very clear to be seen!

For hundreds of years God's prophets had been giving great details of things that would easily identify the Messiah God would send. They had told He would be born miraculously to a virgin in Bethlehem! 3*. and He would miraculously heal the blind, the deaf and the lame! 4*. They had not only taught that He would die for our sins but they had even shown exactly how He would be put to death. 5*. There was no excuse for not knowing it was God who sent Jesus. They just didn't want to believe it! And if Jesus would openly say He was God they would have Him arrested for blasphemy!

But what about YOU? You've no excuse either for thinking the words of priests or teachers, or the message of some religion could be more important than the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of God! It is the words that Jesus has spoken that will be your judge on the last day. 6*.

Jesus knew these religious leaders had not accepted the preaching of John the Baptist. So Jesus asked them a question; "Tell me, John's baptism - was it from heaven, or from men?" They were trapped now by Jesus' question! They thought to themselves, "If we say, `From heaven', He will ask, `Why didn't you believe him?' But if we say, `From men', all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet." So they answered, "We don't know where it was from." Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things." 7*.

John the Baptist had been the greatest of all the prophets. He not only had preached about the promised Messiah, he had been the one who actually pointed out the real living Messiah - Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. 8*. Any honest thinking person would have recognised that Jesus was the One the prophets had been describing all along. 9*.

Are you still questioning the authority of Jesus who claimed that no one could come to the Father except through Him? 10*. Take Him at His word today and put your trust in Him alone to forgive and save you.

Read in Luke's Gospel chapter 20, verses 1-8 about the religious leaders who, like so many today, did not believe in Jesus final authority.

To read more of Luke's account of the life of Jesus turn to the Gospel of Luke in the Holy Bible.

Bye for now,



John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.


1 Luke 19:48.
2 Luke 20:1-2.
3 Isaiah 7:14. Micah 5:2.
4 Isaiah 35:3-6.
5 Isaiah 53:3-6. Psalm 22:14-20.
6 John 12:48.
7 Luke 20:5-8.
8 Matthew 11:11. John 1:29.
9 John 11:27. Matthew 16:16-17.
10 John 14:6. Hebrews 7:24-27.



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