The religious leaders of the day wanted so badly to discredit Jesus. He stood for everything they were against—Love, faith, peace and accepting people for who and where they were—Tell me, What God would do that???? Jesus grew tired of the battles, he simply wanted people to see God for Who he was—Loving, uncompromising and completely focused on the idea of restoration of his people. This particular attempt to trap him was typical of their attacks—rather than seek his knowledge and learn of his heart, the leaders wanted to trap him. It was no contest—Jesus shut them down immediately. He knew he was in authority and that the leaders had no idea who God really was—nor did they want to.
We are in a similar place today. God still seeks to save the lost. His word is spread throughout the world. But rather than simply following him and spreading the Gospel, so many religious leaders are clinging to political correctness and religious tradition. They question his authority, renounce his word and walk away from the basic truths of love, faith and Hope. We, as his kids have to speak the truth in love. We cannot worry about arguing over the finer points of doctrine—instead we cling to the basic truths 1. God Loves us 2. Men are sinners and separated from Him 3. Jesus gave his life to bridge the Gap between us and God 4. We have to accept his gift of salvation and allow him to be Lord of our life to experience the restoration he offers. It is these truth that should consume us—not the silly religious rules.
God Bless You
27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28 “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”
29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”
31 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”