Many people can simply force people to do what they want because they have the power to make them do it. However, few people like to be forced to do anything. Eventually such power driven leadership destroys relationships. On the other hand, some have the ability to lead through … More
The Jewish religious leaders wanted to know what authority Jesus had to cast money-changers out of the temple (vv. 1-2). This group of leaders wanted to get rid of Jesus so they tried to trap Him with their question. They wanted to catch Him in His words so that no matter how He answered, He would be in trouble. If Jesus would answer that His authority came from God (inferring that He was the Messiah and the Son of God) they would accuse Him of blasphemy and bring Him to trial. Instead of answering directly, Jesus asked them a question about whether John the Baptist’s ministry was of God or not (vv. 3-4). They knew that no matter what answer they gave, they were in trouble, so they decided not to answer at all (vv. 5-8).
This group of leaders wanted to get rid of Jesus, so thy tried to trap him with their question. If Jesus would answer that his authority came from God they would accuse Him of blasphemy and bring Him to trial. Jesus did not let Himself get caught. Instead, He turned the question on/ Then he exposed their motives and avoided the trap.
Since these Jewish religious leaders refused to acknowledge or disown Jesus (due to political expediency), they deserved no further revelation from Christ. In spite of their evasive and hypocritical reply, the leaders could not escape the past. They had rejected the ministry of John the Baptist and that led to their refusal to trust Jesus Christ. We may forget our commitments but they will not forget us. We may even try to bury them, but they will be resurrected to accuse us.
It is a serious thing to reject the message of God and the messengers of God. My greatest need is not to know new truth but to obey the truth I already know.
One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, "Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority." He answered them, "I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?" And they discussed it with one another, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From man,' all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet." So they answered that they did not know where it came from. And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."
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Luke 17:11-19Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy
Luke 17:20-37The Coming of the Kingdom of God
Luke 18:1-8The Parable of the Persistent Widow
Luke 18:9-14The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Luke 18:15-17Jesus Blesses the Little Children
Luke 18:18-27The Rich Young Ruler
Luke 18:28-34Jesus Predicts His Death
Luke 18:35-43Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar
Luke 19:1-10Jesus Brings Salvation to Zaccheus’s Home
Luke 19:11-27The Parable of the King’s Servants
Luke 19:28-40Jesus Rides into Jerusalem on a Donkey
Luke 19:41-48Jesus Cleansing of the Temple
Luke 20:1-8Religious Leaders Challenge Jesus Authority
Luke 20:9-18The Parable of the Wicked Farmers
Luke 20:19-26Paying Taxes to Caesar
Luke 20:27-40The Resurrection and Marriage
Luke 20:41-47Leaders Didn’t Understand Who Jesus Was
Luke 21:1-4The Widow’s Offering
Luke 21:5-19Signs of the End of the Age
Luke 21:20-28Jesus Tells About His Return
Luke 21:35-38Jesus Tells them to Remain Watchful
Luke 22:1-13Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Luke 22:14-30The Last Supper
Luke 22:31-38Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
Luke 22:39-53Jesus Arrested in the Garden
Luke 22:54-71Peter Denies Knowing Jesus
Luke 23:1-12Jesus Stands Trial Before Pilate and Herod
Luke 23:13-25Pilate Hands Jesus Over to be Crucified
Luke 23:26-43Jesus is Led Away to be Crucified
Luke 23:44-49Jesus Dies on the Cross
Luke 23:50-56Jesus is Buried in a Borrowed Tomb