Scripture selection: Luke 20:1
One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”
They wanted to know. “Who says?” Who was it that gave Jesus the authority to go around acting like God?
Jesus, of course, did not answer – at least not in a defensive way.
He simply was who he was. He let his actions speak for themselves. In the end, he was vindicated. At least that is what Christians today claim.
God said once, “I am who I am.”
Jesus let his life speak with authority – no justification or explanation offered.
We have to decide if, in fact, we believe Jesus is who he – and his followers – claimed he was.
It all comes down to answering that question, once and for all, “Who says?”
For the believer – the answer is – God says – and that settles it.
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”
That says it all. No other “evidence” is required.
It’s called “faith.”