27 March: Assuming Authority

To be given responsibility without authority is unworkable. But today’s chapter shows an example of someone living confidently in the authority He’s been given.

READ MARK 11  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


Authority is vital for establishing whether or not we’re to follow and obey. If anyone questions Jesus’ right to authority – or if indeed He’s claiming this authority for Himself – today’s chapter makes no mistake over His understanding of Himself. In Jewish tradition, and in their promised Saviour-King, their King would come riding on a donkey.[a] The people’s response, and Jesus allowing their behaviour, clearly indicates that He’s assuming authority.[b] The question that’s still out there today, is the same question that all of us must answer for ourselves:

Is it possible for a carpenter, from a back-water village, to become King not just of His own nation (that was the written charge against Him in Roman Law when He was nailed to His cross), but truly be named King of Kings and Lord of Lords over the whole earth?[c]

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wondering how to speak directly with the King of Creation? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[d]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I celebrate Your abundant goodness, Lord God, and joyfully sing of Your righteousness! You’re gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. You’re good to all, Lord, and have compassion on all You’ve made. [Psalm 145:7-9]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: GRACE for the people of Cameroon[e]
  • Your Country: Prison Ministries
  • Yourself: Your “daily bread”
  • Your concerns for today
If I lack wisdom, I can ask You, God. You give generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to me. But when I ask, help me to believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. [James 1:5-6]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

For a brief moment You abandoned me, Father God, but with deep compassion You brought me back. In a surge of anger, You hid Your face from me for a moment, but with everlasting kindness You have compassion on me. [Isaiah 54:7-8]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

There is surely a future hope for me in You, Lord, and my hope will not be cut off. [Proverbs 23:18]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[f]  Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Sharing the Creator God’s Good News

“Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” [Colossians 4:6]

[a] Zechariah 9:9

[b] Isaiah 9:6-7

[c] Revelation 17:14

[d] Matthew 6:5-15

[e] http://www.operationworld.org/country/came/owtext.html

[f] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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