A look at Mark 11:27–33

“They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”

Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. John’s baptism — was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”

They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)

So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things. (Mark 11:27–33, NIV).”

This week I am working through studies in Lent. Sometimes it’s a tough go.

I don’t know about you, but the lead up to Easter can be painful.

I am working through two study groups. One is a very intense book study using “The Soldier Who Killed a King” by David Kitz. We study this book together in a specific Facebook Group with questions prepared by the author. Many of these questions really made me think.

The book takes place during the last week of Jesus’ life called Passion Week.

And passionate it is.

This week we are reading the events leading up to the trial and the actual trial. Seen through the eyes of the soldier at the Cross, we look into all facets of this time. In particular we see the Jewish leaders and their frustration with the authority Jesus seems to muster. They don’t like that.

Secondly, in my own study in Grow Through God’s Word we are looking at Mark 11:27–33, where the Jewish leaders, the priests, the elders and the teachers of the Law, are questioning Jesus’ authority.

As I read and study I use a S.I.M.P.L.E. Bible Study Method I developed. In doing this I ended up looking at a passage in Matthew 11:19.

God always moves me where He wants me.

“But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

As we look back we can see what was happening at the time of Jesus during Passion Week — the power, and the money — and how they influenced decisions.

Then I think about today how the same thing is happening. It’s all about power and money.

Let’s become wiser by growing a closer connection to God.

So how do we become holy people of God? How can we NOT get caught in the trap of the prince of this world?

Here are 3 easy ways to pull back and find the peace and joy you need

Start your day right

Do you just get up and go when you wake up (after you have turned off your alarm three times)?

Do you have a morning routine? Or do you just go as needs arise?

Find a pattern that suits you. Follow it. I always wake up thanking God I’m alive. Then I thank Him for everything else I can think of. I look at the good. Then I read His Word — even for 5 minutes. Then I can reflect on it throughout the day.

Continue to look for the good throughout the day

There will be problems. We are told that in God’s Word. So know that they will happen. But don’t dwell on the negative. Look for the good throughout the day. Did you see a beautiful flower? Did someone smile at you? Did you receive a hug? Count those and be blessed.

Call on God throughout the day whether for little things or big things. He wants to hear from you. Get personal with God.

Have a routine at bedtime

Are you able to go to bed at the same time every night? I know that’s impossible with shift workers (I’ve done that). But if you can, plan your day so that you can have a short routine at bedtime.

Turn off the cell phone (I put my on airplane mode — but I have a landline. I don’t know how you do that when you there might be an emergency and someone needs you.) At least put it away from your head — I’ve read we don’t need any more electromagnetic radiation than we already have during the day and certainly don’t need it close to our heads (where most of us put our phones). So at least turn off the WiFi on the phone.

Do something without a screen before bed. I read a paperback.

Pray before going to sleep. Thank God for the day and ask Him for anything that is on your mind — release it to Him.

So to sum up my three very easy ways to get along with the world and all its traps and pulls.

  1. Start your day with God
  2. Talk to God throughout the day
  3. Say goodnight to God at the end of your day

This is day 17 of a 30-day writing challenge with Tom Kuegler. Check out his post about this challenge. My Powerful 1 Hour Routine for Quick Success on Medium.

Visit Jan at JanisCox.com.

Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.
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Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.

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