Scripture Reflections: Matthew 21
23Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. "By what authority are you doing these things?" they asked. "And who gave you this authority?"
Lord Jesus--It is mind boggling that these men who could not heal the blind, could not make the lame walk, could at the same time question your authority. In the middle of a movement of God authority is not the issue, being changed is. I wonder what would have happened if these same leaders had asked you to change their hearts?
You are still changing lives, changing hearts, and minds and bodies that don't work right. Lord Jesus--work as you see fit in this group at LSCC. Have your way, no questions asked.
24Jesus replied, "I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25John's baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men?" They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Then why didn't you believe him?' 26But if we say, 'From men'—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet."27So they answered Jesus, "We don't know."
Lord Jesus--Interesting..response by these leaders...they did not stop to discuss what they thought the real answer was. Was John a man of God was he lead by God and did God use the method of baptism to change lives. That was the question that You were asking...but they only thing that they considered was the political ramification of their answer but not the truth.
Then he said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
Lord Jesus--In this day work as you see fit in my heart and life without question.