Luke 20:1-8 NAS
On one of the days while He was teaching the people in the temple and
preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders
confronted Him, and they spoke, saying to Him, "Tell us
by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave
You this authority?" Jesus answered and said to them,
"I will also ask you a
question, and you tell Me: Was the baptism of John from heaven or
They reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He
will say, 'Why did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men,'
all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John
was a prophet." So they answered that they did not know where it
came from. And Jesus said to them, "Nor
will I tell you by what authority I do these things."