Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Matthew 21:23-27 NLT
[23] When Jesus returned to the Temple and began teaching, the leading priests and elders came up to him. They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?”

[24] “I’ll tell you by what authority I do these things if you answer one question,” Jesus replied.

[25] “Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human?” They talked it over among themselves. “If we say it was from heaven, he will ask us why we didn’t believe John.

[26] But if we say it was merely human, we’ll be mobbed because the people believe John was a prophet.”

[27] So they finally replied, “We don’t know.” And Jesus responded, “Then I won’t tell you by what authority I do these things.

Reflection . . .

Jesus always had a great response for those who were opposing him. He utilized questions to invoke a response out of the leading priests and elders that came up to him. They wanted to know who he really was, what authority he had to do and teach such things. Just like today, many want credentials for many things, we have to have some kind of authorization or credential to teach, preach, or do many things. In the same way these leaders wanted proof that Jesus had been given authority and permission to do what he was doing. Jesus’ authority came from God himself because he was God.

The example or question Jesus uses here, that of the baptism of John was ideal because they knew or at least the general public hoped that John’s baptism was from God and that he was a prophet. They had waited so long for some sign from God that the Messiah would come.

How do they respond? They play it safe from the mob. They give an answer that is least risky in the moment.

How do you respond when people ask you about God, Jesus or the Truth?

Do you give an answer that is least risky?

Or, do you stand firm in your belief that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to God any other way?

We must take a stand for what we believe to be true

— Jesus Christ came in the flesh to bring us to God,

He is the way, the truth and the life!

Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven

Matthew 10:32-33 NLT