The phrase, “Question Authority” has become a motto and even a battle cry over recent years. Currently, this has come up again over allegations of abuse. Abusive Government, police, parents, teachers, unjust laws, racism, etc. This is all understandable, but these unfortunately, often provokes overreactions without proper investigation. “Question Authority” is not always wrong. But this thinking should never be applied to the one true and ultimate authority… GOD HIMSELF!
In today’s text, the religious leaders challenge Jesus, “By what authority do you do these things”? Today, we will examine Jesus’ answer to that question.
Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him and spoke to Him, saying, “Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?” But He answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, and answer Me: The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men?” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it was from. And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out. “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’ But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.” And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!” Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone’? Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people—for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.” (Luke 20:1–19)
Jesus said, “Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” (Luke 20:18, NKJV)
There are two basic kinds of people in this world.
1.) Those who humbly fall upon Jesus seeking His mercy and grace.
2.) Those who stubbornly resist God’s rule and are crushed by the rock of Christ.
Which one are you?