Question of Jesus’ Authority

Matthew 21:23–27  also Mark 11:27–33; Luke 20:1–8

Question of Jesus’ Authority

23 Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?”

24 But Jesus answered and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: 25 The baptism of John—where was it from? From heaven or from men?”

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.”

And He said to them, Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.


Bible Knowledge Commentary – Matthew 21:23:27

21:23. Jesus returned to the temple courts He had just recently claimed for His Father. In these courts He confronted various religious groups in the nation. The debate began as the chief priests and the elders asked Jesus, By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority? By “these things” they probably meant His Triumphal Entry into the city, His reception of praise from the people, His clearing of the temple, His healing of the blind and the lame (vv. 8–14), and His teaching (v. 23). The leaders understood Jesus was claiming authority as Messiah and wanted to know where He got such authority. He certainly had not received it from them!

  1. The response (21:24–22:14)

(1) The baptism of John (21:24–32). 21:24–27 (Mark 11:29–33. Luke 20:3–8). In response to the religious leaders’ question, Jesus asked another question, promising that if they answered His question, He would answer theirs. He asked, John’s baptismwhere did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men? Though this question seemed fairly simple, it prompted a debate among the religious leaders. If they answered that John’s baptism was from heaven, they knew Jesus would respond, Then why didn’t you believe him? On the other hand if they responded that John’s baptism was from men, they knew the people would be upset with them. John was regarded as a great prophet by the populace. Jesus thus put them in a position in which they had tried to place Him on many occasions. They finally responded that they did not know the answer to Jesus’ question. In keeping with His word, Jesus therefore refused to answer their question. Instead He gave a parable.


The chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Jesus as He was teaching, and ask Him, “By what authority are you doing these things? Jesus told them I will answer you if you if you will answer me first? Then Jesus said, the baptism of John the Baptist was it from heaven or men? They responded, we don’t know. Jesus said he would answer their question either.

God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?

Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time. And always remember to ask the Father for His help and guidance in all things.


 Prayer:   Father, blessed is your Holy name. We praise you for your Son and the Holy Spirit. Human words cannot describe how grateful we are for Your Son and our risen Christ. We praise You for the opportunity to be able to choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior and to be elect children of Yours. We praise you for the laws You have set down to teach us and keep our life in harmony, safe, how to treat others as well as how to live within you boundaries. Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding. I pray these brothers and sisters have or will come to realize that Your existence is a treasure of grace and love that You have for all Your elect children.

May God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights for eternity. Let it be Your will Lord not mine. Please come Lord Jesus.

I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of The Holy Spirit,


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