One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”
He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me: John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin?”
They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet.”
So they answered, “We don’t know where it was from.”
Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
My Father’s Business
Jesus could have replied to the chief priests and the teachers of the law the same way he had responded to his parents back at age twelve, when they had lost him and then found him in that very same temple. He was asking and answering the questions at that time also. When his mother asked him why he was in the temple, he answered, “I must be about my Father’s business.”
This time, however, he knew the evil in the hearts of these men who asked, who gave him the authority to teach like he was. He didn’t answer them but ask then a question that he knew they dared not answer. They refused to answer, so he refused to answer.
Jesus was constantly tested as these supposed religious men tried to trip him up.
You may also find, as you are sharing your faith and the good news of Christ Jesus, that supposedly righteous people will try to entangle you in discussions of philosophy or doctrines. Pray for guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit so that you may not be deceived. Speak the truth that you know and don’t be mislead.
Jesus, you are the Truth and the Way, watch over us as we too are about the Father’s business.