Re:Verse reading–John 2:1-22 (day seven)
The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:18-19
Jesus, literally turning the Jewish world upside down, was flipping tables to reveal a new way under the Christ. Naturally, those gathering Jewish leaders utilized their perceived authority to card Jesus, “we need to see your i.d.”. They thought they were keeping order, but they were peons interfering with the work of the King.
Later in the book of John a similar scene occurs: So Pilate said to Him, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?” Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above…John 19:10-11a
Neither the Jewish religious leaders nor the reigning politicians could demand anything from Jesus. Jesus was their superior whether they acknowledged it or not. May we fully submit our lives to Christ and his Kingdom above any kingdom of this earth.