“By what authority are You doing these things, or who gave You this authority to do these things? Mark 11:28 And Jesus said to them, “Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” Mark 11:33
The ultimate “drop mic” moment. The complete and total takedown of Jesus’ antagonists. The Lord tied the leaders in knots with his response (see Mark 11:27-34). Truth is, Jesus had authority even over his own life, and he demonstrated this by sacrificing it for us (John 19:30).
It’s interesting that the leaders did not question his authority, but simply wanted to know where it came from. Since the question was asked to entrap him, to get him to “blaspheme,” it was obvious they knew the answer. They spent their time badgering him, when they needed to bow to him.
Remember, one thief crucified next to Christ “hurled abuse” at him (Luke 23:39-43), but the other recognized who he was hanging with. Let all of us see who we’re really dealing with and respond accordingly!
When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:39