Jesus Authority Questioned
Questions, questions and more questions
Questions, questions and more questions
(James; This one is only about 13 min long, expand on things along the way)
Do you ever have a question asked and it really raises more questions? This chapter in Luke could be called the question chapter. What the Chief Priests, scribes and elders came with questions, Jesus turns to teach His followers and to convict the Jews even more.
Now all the questions that arise here in chapter 20 are to try to trick Jesus, or trip Him up, and well that is not what happens as you will see.
A little History first
Sunday - rides into Jerusalem - comes in riding as a king
Monday - cleansed the temple - Cleanses as a priest
Tuesday (that is today) - day of questions - answers like a prophet
So how about questioning authority, is that a good thing?
Historically when it comes to questioning authority you can see it was popularized in the 1960’s about the War in Vietnam, also by psychologist Timothy Leary, also some take it back to days of Socrates, and some, though unproven say Benjamin Franklin claims it is our obligation as American Citizens to question authority.
So is questioning authority a bad thing?
Remember this is in the midst of passion week, and the rejection is leading to the cross.
saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.”
Jesus, had told them before, what was going to happen, and now it is happening, He is being rejected. The priests, elders and the scribes are fulfilling the prophesy, they think they are tricking Jesus and in reality He is leading them where He wants.
This rejection mentioned in Lk9:22 is rejection after investigation, they had all the proof needed to know who Jesus was and they still rejected Him. We may help people to know all they need to know to come to Jesus and they will still reject the truth. So as we share the truth with others, be ready for questions that may lead to more questions.
So now, open your story book to pg. 119, and bible to Lk20:1-8
What do you see, what do you notice, what sticks out to you?
I mentioned that this is now Tuesday and yes there is significance to Tuesday when it comes to the Passover. The date here would have been the 10th day of Nissan and that is the day in Exo12 Moses told the people to get the passover lamb and it would go under scrutiny and inspection for 4 days before it was offered as the sacrifice.
1 Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. 3 “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household.
5 ‘Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 ‘You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.
So Jesus God’s perfect sacrifice was to be inspected, scrutinized for 4 days, Tues-Fri.
So now back to the story.
Where was Jesus and what was Jesus doing (v.1)?
What did the priest, scribes and elders do (v.1)?
There is a two part question in (v.2) what is it?
The priest claim their authority from Moses. The scribes claim their authority from the rabbi’s, and the elders were the leaders of their family and in their position is where they claim their authority.
So they thought they were the authority, eventhough Jesus told them before
49 “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.
Their question was pointed and thought to back Jesus into a corner no matter how He answered
If from God; they get him claiming to speak from God.
If from man; then no can be dismissed as just another pretender
One more point to look at in this section “these things;” do you wonder what “these” things is? Might I suggest
Riding into Jerusalem as a king
Cleansing the temple as a priest
That is some pretty drastic things to ones who thought they had the right authority.
Answer to question 1
Answer to question 1
3 Jesus answered and said to them, “I will also ask you a question, and you tell Me: 4 “Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?”
How did Jesus respond to their question?
Bible Trivia question: what do you know, remember about baptism of John?
3 And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;
16 John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Preaching baptism for remission of sins
Preaching of the one who is to come who is mightier
While the people rejected Jesus, they rejected John too
19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”
21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”
23 He said, “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”
24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
Then we see the One John preached of - JESUS
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Now back to our text.
In (v.4) what was the question and what did that do to the priest, scribes and elders?
What did they do in (v.5-6)? they reasoned among themselves. Do we ever do that, take something someone says and try to reason it out so it will come out the way we want it to? Remember they asked the question to trap Jesus. Now they were trapped themselves
How did they answer (v.7)? They knew they were caught, they answered the only way they thought they could get away with.
How did Jesus respond (v.8)? - was there anything Jesus could say that they would accept? No, even if the dead were brought back to life. they still wanted signs.
18 The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?”
30 So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?
31 “But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
There will be people who when you talk to them about Jesus and you present all the evidence to prove the Bible is the Word of God; Jesus is the Son of God; and in believing in Him you can have redemption and the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
When someone has to face the truth they are responsible for the truth even if they don’t like it. You cannot change the truth but the truth can change you.
they don’t like it. You cannot change the truth but the truth can change you.
The key is they have to be willing. Let me bring in one more passage of scripture.
14 But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to teach.
15 The Jews then were astonished, saying, “How has this man become learned, having never been educated?”
16 So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 “If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.
18 “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
Some people will not believe no matter what you say, they need to reason among themselves the truth you share with them and if they come to a place of being willing, then God will do the rest!
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