The Religious Leadership Question Jesus' Authority
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
As the religious leaders saw the mighty works that Jesus was performing, jealousy was awaken within them and they sought to discredit and destroy Jesus. In the natural, it was easy to understand why the leadership would be confused since Jesus broke all the molds known to them. Here is this man using a higher authority than theirs; where did it come from?
Between 1560 and 1599, The Geneva Bible was providentially unleashed upon a dark, discouraged, downtrodden English speaking world. Just when it looked as if the Machiavellian, Divine Right kings, such as the Tudors of England, were about to drive Christendom back to the days of Caesar worship, a Bible appeared that set the stage for a Christian Reformation of life and culture the likes of which the world had never seen. By the time of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, just 28 years after the first printing of the Geneva Bible, it was already being said of the English that they were becoming a “people of the Book.” The results of a people reading and obeying the Word of God were the explosion of faith, character, the first missionary movement in history, literature, economic blessing, and political and religious freedom.