Why did Jesus bring up the Spirit of Elijah (John the Baptist) when the Pharisees asked Him about His authority?

The Pharisees were always worried about Jesus’ authority…

But Jesus was always walking in God’s Authority.

Why did Jesus bring up the Spirit of Elijah (John the Baptist) when the Pharisees asked Him about His authority?

Because the Spirit of Elijah operated on God’s Authority.

The Pharisees rejected the Spirit of Elijah, so they had no authority to even question Jesus’s authority. They operated on Man’s authority and had already rejected God’s Authority. That’s why Jesus refused to even answer them unless they gave a response on what John the Baptist did.

Mark 11

27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,

28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?

29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?

32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

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