Chief Priests and
Elders Question the Authority of Jesus
Bible Study Lesson of
you ever thought about what gives a person
authority? The chief priests and elders did not
realize who Jesus was so questioned his authority
in this passage from Matthew.
In our world, as it was in
the time of Jesus, people see authority as being
of this world such as managing a company or
becoming a leader of a nation.
Authority of Christ
When He entered the
temple, the chief priests and the elders of the
people came to Him while He was teaching, and
said, By what authority are You doing
these things, and who gave You this
Jesus said to them,
I will also ask you one thing, which if
you tell Me, I will also tell you by what
authority I do these things.
The baptism of John was
from what source, from heaven or from men?
And they began reasoning among themselves,
saying, If we say, From
heaven, He will say to us, Then why
did you not believe him?
But if we say, From
men, we fear the people; for they all
regard John as a prophet.
And answering Jesus, they
said, We do not know. He also said
to them, Neither will I tell you by what
authority I do these things. -
It's true that people in
powerful positions have some authority as did the
religious leaders who questioned Christ but the
power of Jesus did not come from a worldly
appointment nor was he a symbol of status as seen
in the first paragraph.
- Getting back to the story
at hand - Jesus could give one of two answers to
the Pharisees when they implored him to tell
where his authority came from.
From God -
This would be a sure sign of blasphemy and it
was not yet time for him to complete his purpose
On His Own -
If Christ answered this way the crowds would
assume that the religious leaders had more
authority than God.
- So, as many times before,
Jesus answered their question with a question
they could not answer without trapping
- Besides, Jesus knew they
didn't really want their question answered. They
only wanted to entrap him which we will see all
through the Bible.
Their efforts to catch Christ
off guard never seemed to work. Imagine
- Love in
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how to receive the love and life-changing
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Read Today's Verses
American Standard Bible
King James Version
Verses about the priests and authority of
Jesus are from New American Standard Bible
& New King James Version - Lessons from Life
Application Study Bible: NIV - Passage above
credited to Lockman