Jesus Authority Questioned

by Richard Waialeale on October 07, 2021


One day as he was teaching the people in the temple courts and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?” He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me, John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or from men?” (Luke 20:1-4)


Notice in this story these powerful leaders try to trap Jesus by asking Him a question. But Jesus saw through their deceitfulness, turns their question into one of His own questions. The point here is often times the way to get out of a trap when someone is asking a question is to answer their question with a question of your own -this throws the whole situation off. Jesus avoided this trap by turning their question on them.

What does Jesus question do to these priests and scribes? Through it, He implied that, because they hadn’t responded to John’s identification of Him as the Lamb of God, it was pointless to provide them with further identification.


Jesus was always one step ahead of the chief priests and scribes. So the application for me is to think eternally and kingdom-minded when being questioned about something spiritually. God will always give me the Holy Spirit to answer in a way that will Glorify Him.


Father, I pray that I will always seek You with all my heart and not defend myself but honor You in all I do. I want to glorify You for what You have done for me. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.



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