Matthew 21:23-27 When He entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?”
24 Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question. If you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 Where did the baptism of John come from? From heaven or from men?”
They reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From men,’ we are afraid of the people, for all hold John as a prophet.”
27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.”
Then He said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
Authority="exousia" in the greek and is defined as power to act, authority. Power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases.
In this text we find Jesus in the temple teaching and being questioned by the chief priests and elder as to what and whose authority is He doing the things He does.
In other words, tell us who gave you this authority to do what you are doing?
Jesus had been often questioned throughout His earthly ministry and by His disciples on several occasion so questioning Him was not something unusual.
Jesus' disciples often asked Him questions; who is the greatest among us, what will be the sign of your second coming, what do we have to do to gain eternal life, etc.
The religious leaders of Jesus day had another motive in why they questioned Him. Most of the time their questions were asked in attempts to trap Jesus or as we would say "trip" Him up.
Many today are still being deceived into thinking that they too can question Jesus' authority. Time has changed, but, people are recycled through generations, therefore, the mindset about Jesus still exist in our world today.
The chief priests and elders were agitated and uncomfortable with Jesus teaching that He is the resurrection and life and no one come to the father but through Him.
To the religious leaders, what Jesus was saying was considered to be "blasphemy" for He was claiming to be God when they believed Him to be a Prophet or mere man and not God in the flesh, so they questioned His authority.
Take notice that Jesus did not answer their question, but in turn replied with a question concerning John's baptism.
The priests and religious leaders refused to answer Jesus question. Instead, they said "we don't know." They said this in fear of the people because they knew that the people believed John the Baptist was a "Prophet" from God.
When Jesus spoke, He did not speak as those of the priests and elders. He spoke with God's authority for He was God in the flesh.
Jesus continues today in the authority of God the Father, therefore, if we have not been, we need to start NOW by humbly submitting ourselves to His authority in our lives.
Jesus is the only way to the Father. There is no other way to heaven if that is where you plan to spend eternity with God. Jesus is it!!
Today is the day to "SUBMIT" to Christ authority and NOT "reject" His truth in His Bible anymore.
Questioning Jesus authority in your life? It MUST end today!