Summary: A surrendered heart stands in contrast to one that is stiffnecked and resistant to Divine authority.
The Virtuous Kingdom: Evidence of the Reign of God in the Human Heart
The Virtue of Lordship
Sermon Objective: A surrendered heart stands in contrast to one that is stiffnecked and resistant to Divine authority.
We have been looking at Mark chapter 11 for the past few weeks. We have chosen to look at it from specific vantage points … to look at some of the Kingdom virtues God has imparted to the believer. The chapter shows our sovereign King making His way into his Holy City and temple for an official inspection. In doing so, He declares His reign.
“The Virtuous Kingdom: Evidence of the Reign of God in the Human Heart” is an appropriate title for such an event.
We have looked at five virtues already.
† In verses 11:1-11 we discovered the power and importance of living a lifestyle of worship
† In 11:15-17 we praised God for the great gift of prayer. There are so few parameters with prayer and so many blessings! We dare not neglect such a privilege.
† In 11:12-14 & 20-21 we sensed the need to take spiritual inventory and make sure that our spiritual fruit gives evidence of spiritual life.
† In 11:20-24 we discovered the power of living by faith. Trusting God to guide us brings strength, hope, and victory that faulty objects of faith cannot produce.
† In 11:25 we discovered God’s reigning grace compels and empowers us to forgive one another.
This is our final virtue … today we will look at Mark 11:27-33:
27They 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. 28"By what authority are you doing these things?" they asked. "And who gave you authority to do this?"
29Jesus replied, "I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or from men? Tell me!"
31They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, ’From heaven,’ he will ask, ’Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32But if we say, ’From men’...." (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
33So they answered Jesus, "We don’t know." Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."
Vickie and I were visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Ithaca a few weeks back. I am an early riser so instead of disturbing everyone I slipped out of the house, found a small diner at the top of the hill, and had breakfast. I got there before the newspapers arrived. In fact, I got there before anyone arrived.
The waitress told me to set where ever I’d like so I found a table where I could look down the mountain at the lake, sat with my back to the wall, and just reflected, drank coffee, and waited for breakfast to arrive.
Soon others began to come in. As first I didn’t notice or pay attention.
Then I noticed an entire table of people staring at me. It was quite uncomfortable. I looked at each one, gave them a frown so they’d know I noticed, and looked back toward the lake.