Today’s Reading: Luke 20:1-8
1 One day, as he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up 2 and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” 3 He answered them, “I also will ask you a question; now tell me, 4Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?” 5 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, From heaven,’ he will say, Why did you not believe him?’ 6 But if we say, From men,’ all the people will stone us; for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7 So they answered that they did not know where it was from. 8 And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
by what authority: Jesus turns the tables on his interrogators to silence them. If the Jerusalem leaders rejected John’s heavenly authority, they would inevitably reject Jesus and his divine mission as well (7:29-34).