“When the Tables Are Turned, Quietness Often Ensues”
The chief priest, teachers of the law, and elders thought they finally had Jesus’ number. They were going to get Him to perjure himself. This question would bring His downfall. They might have been patting themselves on the back.
Please read the following verses. Mark 11:27-33
27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders came to him. 28 “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?” 29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism — was it from heaven, or from men? Tell me!” 31 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘From men’ . . . .” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
It was a good question. Jesus; Who gives You the authority to do what You do? It was quite the setup, except Jesus answered their question with a question of His own. They had to answer Him before Jesus would answer their question. They didn’t answer, neither did Jesus.
Yes, the question asked Jesus was a good one, the one Jesus asked was great. There were several ways the religious leaders might answer it, but anyway they answered would bring trouble to them. So they refused to answer, the question; Jesus did likewise.
Oh, that we might be able to turn the tables on some people, maybe friends and or family. But we can never get one up on Jesus our Lord. After all, His knowledge is greater than the knowledge of this world.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;