When [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” -Matthew 21:23
Each of this Sunday’s readings shows us the reality that all people are in need of God’s grace. In the parable of the two sons, Jesus invites us to choose between two sons when neither fully does the will of their father. Here Jesus makes the point that we are all equally in need of God’s grace. Ezekiel proclaims God’s invitation, “Turn, then, and live” (Ezek. 18:32). This is an invitation that extends to all people, from a God deeply desiring a loving and life-giving relationship with humanity.
Do you walk the walk?
The Hymn of the Day at traditional service is Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (ELW 517). In today’s Gospel reading the chief priests and elders of the people ask Jesus “by what authority are you doing these things?” We answer in the words of this reformation-era hymn “Lord Jesus Christ, your pow’r make known, for you are Lord of lords alone!”
The Worship Song at New Day Praise service is Speak O Lord. The lyrics remind us what walking in the way of Christ may look like: “That the light of Christ might be seen today in our acts of love and our deeds of faith. Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us all Your purposes for Your glory.”
Home Devotional Questions
- When you think of the word “authority,” what comes to mind? Do you have it? Who has authority in your life?
- How does God have authority over you?
- How do you live in a way that speaks to Jesus being your Lord?