Today’s Reading: Matthew 21:23-32
The reading for today is interesting and rather humorous when you think about it. Jesus is teaching in the Temple and the religious leaders come to Him hoping to trap him by asking Him a question. The question is rather simple. “By what authority are you doing these things…and who gave you this authority?” This was a perfect set up for an incredible sermon on how He was God’s Son and to bring clarity as to His mission. Instead, Jesus responds by asking them a question of His own. “John’s baptism–where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?” With this question Jesus turned the tables on the religious leaders. Now they felt the pressure to answer Jesus’ question. Since they couldn’t come up with an answer, neither did Jesus give them one.
Instead of commenting on this passage, I want to pose a question to you. Why do you think Jesus responded the way He did instead of using this opportunity to fully reveal Himself? What can we learn from how Jesus responded to this question?