Religion, and religious rulers, ask for earthly authority but Jesus’ knew his authority comes from God alone.

One day he was teaching the people in the Temple, proclaiming the Message. The high priests, religion scholars, and leaders confronted him and demanded, “Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to speak and act like this?” Jesus answered, “First, let me ask you a question: About the baptism of John—who authorized it, heaven or humans?” They were on the spot, and knew it. They pulled back into a huddle and whispered, “If we say ‘heaven,’ he’ll ask us why we didn’t believe him; if we say ‘humans,’ the people will tear us limb from limb, convinced as they are that John was God’s prophet.” They agreed to concede that round to Jesus and said they didn’t know. Jesus said, “Then neither will I answer your question.” Luke 20:1-8 (The Message)

When people play power games they often look for you to justify who you are. One of the questions often asked of Jesus by the religious rulers was, “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” … “Who gave you this authority?” Luke 20:2 (The NIV translation)

The ordinary powerless people recognized Jesus’ authority in the way he spoke to them (Mark 1:22) but those who believed they were powerful rejected him. For the people that recognize the God given authority of Jesus he holds answers to life’s questions, but to those who believe they hold the answers he remains silent. Isaiah 53:7 ‘He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.’

Lamb of God, you kept the spiritual answers within your heart safe for those who would listen. Help me to hear the answers in life you speak today in your Word and through your Spirit. Amen.

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