Date: March 5, 2000

Series: Living in the Shadow of the Cross

Speaker: Ron R. Ritchie

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Living in the Shadow of the Cross
We Need Jesus
Luke 19:45 - 20:8

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e Need Jesus

I. To cleanse our Hearts - Luke 19:45-48

Going into the Temple he began to throw out everyone who had set up shop, selling everything and anything. He said, "It’s written in Scripture,

‘My house is a house of prayer;
You have turned it into a religious bazaar.’"

From then on he taught each day in the Temple. The high priests, religion scholars, and the leaders of the people were trying their best to find a way to get rid of him. But with the people hanging on every word he spoke, they couldn’t come up with anything.

II. To cleanse our minds - Luke 20:1-8

One day he was teaching the people in the Temple, proclaiming the Message. The high priests, religion scholars, and leaders confronted him and demanded, "Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to speak and act like this?"
Jesus answered, "First, let me ask you a question: About the baptism of John-who authorized it, heaven or humans?"
They were on the spot, and knew it. They pulled back into a huddle and whispered, "If we say ‘heaven,’ he’ll ask us why we didn't believe him; if we say ‘humans,’ the people will tear us limb from limb, convinced as they are that John was God’s prophet." They agreed to concede that round to Jesus and said they didn’t know.
Jesus said, "Then neither will I answer your question."

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