Wednesday Devotion: Jesus’ Authority Questioned

 But after that they dared not question Him anymore.”
Luke 20:40 NKJV

Countless times throughout His ministry, Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees, Sadducees, and other leaders. But as the time of Jesus’s death drew near, everyone ramped up their questions. From asking about commandments, taxes, and the resurrection of the dead (which the Sadducees didn’t even believe in), they were bound and determined to trap Jesus.

Jesus silenced each group in His own way. He silenced the Sadducees by His response to a question that they themselves didn’t believe had basis in truth. But one encounter stands out to me, the question of the baptism of John.

Mark 11:27-33 NKJV “Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to Him. 28 And they said to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?” 29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one question; then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: 30 The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me.” 31 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘From men’ ”—they feared the people, for all counted John to have been a prophet indeed. 33 So they answered and said to Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

As they continually questioned Jesus, it was them who needed to be questioned about their sin, their fear of man, lacking the fear of God, and breaking the law they claimed to uphold. Yet in all of this, Jesus never got off course, He knew what He came to do, and He knew where His authority came from. Most importantly, He knew He was God’s Son. He loved His Father and walked in obedience; He laid His life down out of that love.

Today, reflect on the love Jesus had for His Father and the obedience He walked in. Give thanks for a Savior who set His face towards the cross to redeem you.

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