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Rejecting Jesus' Authority

Jesus' Authority Submission Rebellion

Source: KFOR News

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Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2019-10-12

Scripture: Proverbs 28:25 ; Jeremiah 17:7

Author: Shane Waldron
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ILLUSTRATION

What should have been a routine traffic stop escalated into so much more. A 65-year-old woman named Debra Hamil was pulled over by a police officer in Oklahoma for a broken tail light. You can see on the video that the officer is respectful and cordial. But when he gives her the $80 ticket, she refuses to sign it. She doesn’t think she deserves to pay $80 for something that she can easily fix (even though she admits her tail light has been broken for six months). 

When the officer asks her to step out of the car, she swears at him, rolls up her window, and drives away. So the cop gets in his car and pursues her. He was on a mission to enforce the law. And nothing was going to keep him from accomplishing his mission.

So now we’re in a police chase. She ends up pulling over, but again she refuses to get out of the car. So he pulls her out. She kicks him. And so he tases her. Then he arrests her and takes her to jail. She is charged with assaulting a police officer, which is a felony

The police officer accomplished his mission, but he wasn’t happy about it. Debra Hamil ended up in a police chase, then she was tased, then she was arrested, and finally she was charged with a felony.  All over an $80 fine for a broken tail light. Her actions illustrate an important principle; things can only go from bad to worse when we reject authority.

APPLICATION

Before I became a Christian, I hated the idea of a big authority figure in the sky telling me what to do. I didn’t want a God like that. Maybe that was true you, as well. And even though I am now a Christian, there are still ways I reject Jesus’ authority.  You and I reject him with every sin we commit. 

Similar to the police officer, Jesus is on a mission. But his mission involves more than just enforcing the law. Jesus is on a mission to save us from the consequences of our rebellion. We can either cooperate and reap the benefits of submitting to his will for our lives, or we can resist and make life much harder than it needs to be. 

"An arrogant man stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper" (Proverbs 28:25). 

"But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him" (Jeremiah 17:7). 

Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa

Christmas Jesus' Authority Jesus' Preeminence

Source: unknown

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-05-08

Author: unknown
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ILLUSTRATION

 Why Jesus is Better Than Santa Claus:

 Santa lives at the North Pole...
     JESUS is everywhere.
 
Santa rides in a sleigh...
     JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.
 
Santa comes but once a year...
     JESUS is an ever present help.
 
Santa fills your stockings with goodies...
     JESUS supplies all your needs.
 
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited...
     JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.
 
You have to wait in line to see Santa...
     JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.
 
Santa lets you sit on his lap...
     JESUS lets you rest in His arms.
 
Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, what's your name?"...
     JESUS knew our name before we were born.  Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.
 
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly...
     JESUS has a heart full of love.
 
All Santa can offer is HO HO HO...
    JESUS offers health, help and hope.
 
Santa says "You better not cry"...
     JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you."
 
Santa's little helpers make toys...
    JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.
 
Santa may make you chuckle but...
    JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
 
While Santa puts gifts under your tree...
     JESUS became our gift and died on a tree...the cross.

APPLICATION

We need to put Christ back in CHRISTmas; Jesus is still the reason for the season.

The Barrier Between You And Nothingness

Jesus' Authority Word of God God's Power

Source: "He Commanded and They Were Created" by John PIper, published on Desiring God

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-08

Scripture: Colossians 1:17

Author: John Piper
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ILLUSTRATION

"If God should ever cease to address your body and soul with the command 'Be!' you would cease to be. The only barrier between you and nothingness is the Word of God."

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org.

APPLICATION

Likewise, the only barrier between a fruitful you and nothingness is the Word of God.

"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17).

Hostage's Family Paid Ransom, Got Nothing

Jesus' Sacrifice Jesus' Authority God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-25

Scripture: Ephesians 1:14 ; Hebrews 7:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Jesus--Liar, Hypocrite, Fool

Jesus' Authority Apologetics Skepticism

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2011-11-20

Scripture: John 8:24

Author: John Stuart Mill and Josh McDowell (separately)
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Coming To The Father Through The Son

God's Accessibility Communion Jesus' Authority

Contributed By: Francis Balla | Date Posted: 2011-11-18

Scripture: John 3:16 ; John 14:6

Author: John Williams III
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Setting Your Mark

Followership Discipleship Goal Setting

Contributed By: Joe Palmer | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Hebrews 12:2 ; 1 Corinthians 11:1

Author: Joe Palmer
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Finding Our Fixed Point

Word of God Jesus Christ Truth

Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: Proverbs 14:12 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Allen Snapp
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Forget What's Behind

Jesus' Preeminence Followership Worry

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-02-01

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Man Sues Hospital After He Didn't Die

Cross Spiritual Life Followership

Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2018-01-31

Scripture: John 10:10 ; Matthew 6:25

Author: Howard Harden / Illustration Exchange
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