Patrick Henry Reardon on the Question That Jesus Refused to Answer
One of the Bible’s most shocking pronouncements is, I think, “Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things” (Matt. 21:27; Mark 11:33; Luke 20:8). Those words are truly shocking, because they declared a virtual sentence of damnation on those to whom they were addressed. In effect, Jesus was refusing to discuss with them the source of his own authority—God. To appreciate the gravity of his refusal, we may look more closely at its context.
In all three Synoptic Gospels, immediately after his purging of the Temple, Jesus was queried by the Temple leaders, by what authority he did it. Instead of answering . . .
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