Christ’s Authority is Questioned

The next day, Jesus and his disciples went by the fig tree that Jesus cursed the day before, and they noticed that the fig tree dried up from the roots. Jesus used this time to teach them about having faith.

“21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” – Mark 11: 21-26

Faith is to hope for things which are not seen, but which are true (Hebrew 11:1; Alma 32:21), and must be centered in Jesus Christ in order to produce salvation. To have faith is to have confidence in something or someone.

Faith can have many different definitions, but it is what faith can do that truly has an impact on people’s lives. One thing that comes to mind is the song What Faith Can Do by Kutless. The chorus goes

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

I think this is a good example of just how meaningful and important faith can be. It truly has an impact on people’s lives, and can make all the difference in the world. Jesus knew how important faith was, and he was teaching his disciples that with faith anything is possible.

Jesus eventually makes it to the temple and he is aggressively challenged by the religious leaders regarding his authority. He responds to them with his own question.

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