"Master," Peter asked. "What is it you are telling me? I do not understand."
"Whatever you believe you can do, you can do. So if you look at fear in your mind, and you believe you can overcome it with trust, you shall overcome all fear and enter into
the awareness of Love. You can tell the fear to go and jump in the ocean, and it will if you believe that it will.
"I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer will be given. Know what it is that you ask, that you may recognize the gift and be grateful. And Peter, when you are praying, if
you find anything that you hold against your brother, or if you feel responsible to go and do something, or if you notice fear there within your mind, forgive these things first
Then you will recognize your true prayer, and you will know what it is that you ask."
Jesus gave the donkey to Peter to give to their host as a gift, and Jesus stayed under the tree in silence for awhile.
(v 27 - 33) Having cleared his mind, Jesus went back into the temple. This time, the Jewish leaders walked right up to him and questioned, "On what authority do you teach?"
Jesus was silent, knowing that Authority was within him.
Again, the Jewish leaders asked, "On what authority do you teach?"
"Let me ask you a question," Jesus responded. "If you will answer my question, you will also have your answer to yours. On what authority did John the Baptist baptize? Was his authority given by Heaven or was it given by men?"
They discussed Jesus' question among themselves and decided it was a trick. So they did not answer him. Jesus provided them with the answer to his question, that they may hear the answer to their own question, if hearing the answer was to be their choice. Jesus said to them, "I tell you that all authority is the same, because there is only one."
NTI Mark, Chapter 12
(v 1 - 12)Then Jesus began to teach the Jewish leaders using parables, that their eyes may be opened to the deception in which they believed. He taught them in love, understanding the great truth of who they are.
"A man planted a vineyard, and he made the vineyard complete and perfect. This, he gifted to tenants, that they might extend his gift and produce great fruit.
"At harvest time, he sent his servants to join in the abundance. But the tenants became afraid, because they had seen the vineyard as their own, and now they saw the servants as desiring to take from them what was theirs. So they beat the servants and killed them. Each one that the man sent to them, they beat and they killed, because they were afraid. In the activity of their defense, the harvest went unharvested, so that no one enjoyed its fruit.
"In this way, the tenants continue to defend the vineyard to this day, so that the gift given them is not enjoyed. For there is no enjoyment in defense. They will know the joy of the gift when they choose defenselessness and extend the gift as it was meant to be extended."The Jewish leaders felt that Jesus must be speaking of them. But they did not understand his parable, so they went off to plan their defense together.
(v 13 -17) And so the Jewish leaders became intent on trapping Jesus with his own words, that they may arrest him for breaking the law and discredit him before the people. They went to him and approached him before the people in what appeared to be a humble and respectful way. They complimented him as a teacher of God and addressed him as master, as many of the people did. They did all of this, so as not to raise suspicion within the crowd. And then they asked Jesus a seemingly innocent and reasonable question. "Should we pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
This was a question that had been on the minds of many, for sometimes it seemed confusing about what was right to do and what was not right. Should a man pay to support the bondage of his own people? Should he break the law and be taken from his family?
Jesus understood the confusion within the mind and the thought that gave rise to such confusion. "Bring me a denarius, and let me look at it," he said.
They gave him one denarius.
"Whose portrait is on this?" he asked. "And who's inscription?" "Caesar's," they replied.
Jesus handed the denarius back to them. "Then give to Caesar what is Caesar's. And give to God what is God's."
Jesus stood from where he had been sitting and began to address the crowd.
"Your brother, standing beside you, belongs to God. lit is he that you should give back to God, just as you pay taxes to Caesar. Caesar wants your money, but God asks that you love your brother and welcome him into your heart as one with you. You want to please God, and you ask what is right for you to do. God asks only one thing of you, and that is love. All else, you may let go to Caesar."
The people were amazed at the clarity with which he spoke.