One day he was teaching the people in the Temple, proclaiming the Message. The high priests, religion scholars, and leaders confronted
him and demanded, "Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to speak and act like this?"
Jesus answered, "First, let me ask you a question:
About the baptism of John - who authorized it, heaven or humans?"
They were on the spot, and knew it. They pulled back into a huddle and whispered, "If we say 'heaven,' he'll ask us why we didn't believe him;
if we say 'humans,' the people will tear us limb from limb, convinced as they are that John was God's prophet."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)