Fast paced and direct, Mark's gospel is the shortest of the four gospels. But this, by no means, suggests that it is some how less than the other gospels. It's an enthralling collection of narratives that use verbal exchanges and live activity to show Jesus to the reader. The story comes alive in the action.
So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that Mark 11:27-33 was one of the assigned texts for a homiletics (preparation and delivery of the sermon) course in which I was enrolled. While I might have preached this text differently without the parameters of the assignment, it's not likely that the explanation of this passage would have been any different.
Mark 11:27-33 brings to life an exchange between Jesus and the chief priests, scribes, and elders. The religious of the day challenge Jesus' authority.
Part 1:(27) And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, (28) and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” (29) Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. (30) Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” (31) And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ (32) But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet. (33) So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” [Mark 11:27-33, ESV]
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