Authority Questioned

Remember, Jesus had come to Jerusalem six days before the Passover like many others.

John 11:55 And the Jews’ passover was near at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.

Jesus was teaching in the temple daily and going to Bethany to spend the nights.

Authority Questioned – Matthew 21:23-27 

(Also found in Mark 11:27-33 and Luke 20:1-8)

Luke says on one of those days, as Jesus taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders… (20:1)

Chief priests, scribes, elders: By what authority do you do these things? and who gave you this authority?

Jesus: I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, from where was it? from heaven, or of men? 

Chief priests, scribes, elders (reasoned together): If we shall say, From heaven; he will say to us, Why did you not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. 

Chief priests, scribes, elders (to Jesus): We cannot tell. 

Jesus: Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. 

The Parable of Two Sons – Matthew 21:28-32 (Found in Matthew only)

Jesus began to speak to the chief priests, the scribes and the elders by parables.

Jesus: What do you think? 

A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first.

Father: Son, go work today in my vineyard. 

First son: I will not.

But afterward he repented, and went. 

The man came to the second son. 

Father: Son, go work today in my vineyard. 

Second son: I go, sir: 

But he went not.

Jesus (to the chief priests, the scribes and the elders): Which of the two did the will of his father? 

The chief priests, the scribes and the elders: The first. 

Jesus: Truly, I say to you that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and you, when you had seen it, repented not afterward, that you might believe him.

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