The Authority of Jesus versus the Religious Gatekeepers

Jesus is seen as a threat by the upper hierarchy of the ruling religious leadership.

They were not there to welcome Jesus as he made his anti-climactic ‘triumphal entry’ a few days earlier. Their silence at his official arrival spoke volumes.

Now we see the first in a series of clashes between Jesus and the various religious parties that held sway in the religion of the day.

Their accusations can be boiled down to one loaded question: Who do you think you are? Who gave you the right to behave like this?

They didn’t like his authority.

In this message we see:

  • The authority of Jesus challenged
  • The authority of Jesus suppressed
  • The authority of Jesus vindicated

Main text

Mark 11:27 – 12:12


David Varney, pastor Foundation Church Belfast