29 “I’ll tell you by what authority I do these things if you answer one question,” Jesus replied. 30 “Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human? Answer me!”
Jesus’ counter question about John’s baptism wasn’t simply a challenge intended to shut up the priests, scribes, and elders. It was a coded way of answering their own question.
As Mark’s readers know, Jesus was appointed with the Spirit and power when John baptized Him (Mark 1:9-11). At that time, a voice in the heavens had spoken to Jesus in words echoing the Psalms and prophecies that He was the true King and God’s own beloved son.
Jesus was the One Israel had waited so long for.
So why did Jesus respond to their question with his own question? Because if the chief priests knew what had really happened at John’s baptism, their question would have answered itself.
Sadly, the religious elite couldn’t come up with a definitive answer, and Jesus seemed fine to leave them pondering those words and that encounter.
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