Matthew 21:23-27 - Jesus' Authority Challenged

Matthew 21:23-27

23 He entered the Temple; and while He was teaching, the High Priests and the Elders of the people came to Him and asked Him, "By what authority are you doing these things? and who gave you this authority?"

24 "And I also have a question to ask *you*," replied Jesus, "and if you answer me, I in turn will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 John's Baptism, whence was it? --had it a heavenly or a human origin?" So they debated the matter among themselves. "If we say 'a heavenly origin,'" they argued, "he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' 26 and if we say 'a human origin' we have the people to fear, for they all hold John to have been a Prophet." 27 So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." "Nor do I tell you," He replied, "by what authority I do these things."

Mark 11:27-33

27 They came again to Jerusalem; and as He was walking in the Temple, the High Priests, Scribes and Elders came to Him 28 and asked, "By what authority are you doing these things? and who gave you authority to do them?"

29 "And I will put a question to you," replied Jesus; "answer me, and then I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 John's Baptism--was it of Heavenly or of human origin? Answer me."

31 So they debated the matter with one another. "Suppose we say, 'Heavenly,'" they argued, "he will ask, 'Why then did you not believe him?' 32 Or should we say, 'human?'" They were afraid of the people; for all agreed in holding John to have been really a Prophet. 33 So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." "Nor do I tell you," said Jesus, "by what authority I do these things."

Luke 20:1-8

1 On one of those days while He was teaching the people in the Temple and proclaiming the Good News, the High Priests came upon Him, and the Scribes, 2 together with the Elders, and they asked Him, "Tell us, By what authority are you doing these things? And who is it that gave you this authority?"

3 "I also will put a question to you, "He said; 4 "was John's baptism of Heavenly or of human origin?"

5 So they debated the matter with one another. "If we say 'Heavenly,'" they argued, "he will say, 'Why did you not believe him?' 6 And if we say, 'human,' the people will all stone us; for they are thoroughly convinced that John was a Prophet."

7 And they answered that they did not know the origin of it.

8 "Nor will I tell you," said Jesus, "by what authority I do these things."