“When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?’ And they argued with one another, ‘If we say, “From heaven”, he will say to us, “Why then did you not believe him?” But if we say, “Of human origin”, we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.’ So they answered Jesus, ‘We do not know.’ And he said to them, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” (Matthew 21:23-27) Well, bless their hearts, those chief priests and elders. I’m quite sure that Jesus really did drive them crazy! He just refuses to play the game according to the established rules. He won’t give them a reason to believe in him, he just sits there and turns the tables on them; forcing them into a political calculus which they simply cannot solve. And you know what? He doesn’t play the game according to our rules either. We come with our questions, ready to enter into a reasonable discussion of his power. But he usually doesn’t humor us; he simply stands there and invites us to trust him. He invites us to follow him; and as we do so we begin to realize that our questions are changing because we are changing. And perhaps, finally it dawns on us that there is not any other answer, because he, himself is the Answer. Have a great week!