Jesus’ Authority Questioned(A)

23 (B)Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and (C)said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?”

24 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: 25 The (D)baptism of (E)John—where was it from? From heaven or from men?”

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From men,’ we (F)fear the multitude, (G)for all count John as a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.”

And He said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my (H)vineyard.’ 29 He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”

They said to Him, “The first.”

Jesus said to them, (I)“Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. 32 For (J)John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; (K)but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward [a]relent and believe him.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 21:32 regret it