by Andrew Hillard
Jesus has been talking like someone with authority for a while now. All the way back in Luke 4:32, we saw that people were astonished by the authority of His words. Walking through Jesus’ ministry, we’ve seen his authority over things like disease and death and demons and nature. We’ve even seen him speak with the authority to forgive sins. None of that went over well with the religious leaders, but here in chapter 20, their frustration with Jesus seems to reach another level. We see that revealed in question after question, challenge after challenge, directed Jesus’s way. Why is that? Why now? Take a look back at Luke 19:45-46, “And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.’”
Proverbs 17:10 tells us, “ A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.” Before we’re too hard on the scribes and religious leaders who attack Jesus here, let’s confess that we’ve been just as stubborn at times. But by God’s grace and the power of His Spirit, we can now be those who let the questions of this passage reveal and change our hearts. Under whose authority are you living today? Have you given to God what is rightfully His—all of you? That’s what the authority of Jesus demands.