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 though generations, therefore, the mindset about Jesus still exist in our world today.
These religious leaders in this text apparently did not go to the temple that day to learn about God's will for their lives. They went for one purpose only and that was to confront Jesus.
The chieft 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 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.
Jesus reply to them in the form of a question reversed the trap which the chief priests and elders were trying to set for Jesus.
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.
Having heard the deceitful response from the priests and leaders, Jesus refused to answer their question about His authority.
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 spoke as one with authority. He was God in the flesh, but because of unbelief, they could not recognize Him as God.
Jesus' teachings under the anointed power and authority of God often left the people amazed at the power and authority in which He spoke and performed miracles.
The priest, elders and religious leaders and authoritarian who oppose Jesus' teaching on every hand were often left with questions, anger, rage, doubt, rejection and or disdain to name a few.
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.
Romans 12:1 - I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship.
When confronted with the truth of God's word, stop rejecting it's authority in your life!
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.
When you humbly submit yourself under the Mighty hands of God He will exalt you in due season. This is the blessing of the "Saints".
Questioning Jesus authority in your life? It MUST end today!