Authority of Christ (Matthew 21:23-27) | back
23And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? By what authority did you cleanse our house they asked? The chief priests and religious leaders thought that it was their house. It is the house of God; and it belongs to Him.
24And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. I'll tell you if you can answer one question first Christ replied. You see, Christ was very wise and knew how to put people on the spot when He needed to.
25The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? They would of excepted John if they believed.
26But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. John was the prophet of prophets. He proved it! They were caught in their own disbelief.
27And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. They could not answer the question. Christ shut them up with His wisdom, and He did not answer their question either.