03.07.2015 New Testament: Mark 11.30
To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 11.20–33 on March 7, In the year of our Lord 2015
By Don Ruhl
The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders did not submit to John’s baptism. They approached Jesus with a question about His authority to do what He was doing. Knowing that they had not submitted to John’s baptism, He first wanted to show that they did not recognize authority from heaven,
“The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me” (Mark 11.30).
If they said from heaven, why did they not believe John and submit to his baptism? If they said from men, the people would have been angered at the Jewish leaders, because they saw him as a prophet. The leaders would also be denying John’s heavenly authority.
Likewise, the baptism of Jesus—is it from heaven or from men? If it is from heaven, it is necessary for salvation. If it is from men, we should have nothing to do with it. What is your verdict?