Mark 11:27-33

Messiah's Authority Challenged

27 They came again to Jerusalem. As He was walking in the temple complex, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came and asked Him,
28 "By what authority are You doing these things? Who gave You this authority to do these things?"
29 Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one question; then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
30 Was John's baptism from heaven or from men? Answer Me."
31 They began to argue among themselves: "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'
32 But if we say, 'From men' "-they were afraid of the crowd, because everyone thought that John was a genuine prophet.
33 So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."

Mark 11:27-33 In-Context

25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you your wrongdoing. [
26 But if you don't forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your wrongdoing."]
27 They came again to Jerusalem. As He was walking in the temple complex, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came and asked Him,
28 "By what authority are You doing these things? Who gave You this authority to do these things?"
29 Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one question; then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
30 Was John's baptism from heaven or from men? Answer Me."
31 They began to argue among themselves: "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Then why didn't you believe him?'
32 But if we say, 'From men' "-they were afraid of the crowd, because everyone thought that John was a genuine prophet.
33 So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."
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