The question of authority is important. We all have a source of authority in our lives, someone or something that guides and drives us, something that rules. For most of us, like the Sanhedrin in today’s story, it is ourselves. We are not really interested in surrendering that rule to anyone else.
However, we must. And that someone else is God. His authority will eventually be recognized by everyone (every knee will bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus is LORD), better to do so now than before you stand before God in judgment.