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  • Writer's pictureJohn Bryant

Mark 11:27-33--Out of pride and lies, through trouble and loss, toward meaning and purpose

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.”

We demand those things that can only be known by trust.

We want proofs, and we are given only the Means of Grace--Gospel, Spirit, Fellowship. Good proofs or not? Final authority or not?

We are told to count on this Means of Grace instead of counting on pride and lies. To receive Him, stay with Him, and work with Him instead of taking things back and making things right.

We are told it is enough to be with Him this way. Maybe if we ask for me then it is not trust.

We are on a journey from a living nightmare to the Beatific Vision,

We are making our way out pride and lies, through trouble and loss, toward meaning and purpose,

With a trust that is rescued, led, and fulfilled,

by the Christ who died, the Christ who's risen, and the Christ who'll come again.

And Christ in this will be our companion, but only by trust, even though it be a trust he rescues, leads, and fulfills.

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