Christ avoucheth his authority by a question of John's baptism.
Luke 20:1 And it came to passe, that on one of those dayes, as he taught the people in the Temple, and preached the Gospel, the chiefe Priests and the Scribes came vpon him, with the Elders, Luke 20:2 And spake vnto him, saying, Tell vs, by what authoritie doest thou these things? or who is hee that gaue thee this authoritie? Luke 20:3 And hee answered, and said vnto them, I will also aske you one thing, and answere me. Luke 20:4 The Baptisme of Iohn, was it from heauen, or of men? Luke 20:5 And they reasoned with themselues, saying, If wee shall say, From heauen, he will say, Why then beleeued yee him not? Luke 20:6 But and if we say, Of men, all the people will stone vs: for they be perswaded that Iohn was a Prophet. Luke 20:7 And they answered, that they could not tell whence [it was]. Luke 20:8 And Iesus said vnto them, Neither tell I you by what authoritie I doe these things.
The parable of the vineyard.
Luke 20:9 Then began hee to speake to the people this parable: A certaine man planted a vineyard, and let it foorth to husbandmen, and went into a farre countrey for a long time. Luke 20:10 And at the season, hee sent a seruant to the husbandmen, that they should giue him of the fruit of the vineyard, but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away emptie. Luke 20:11 And againe hee sent another seruant, and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away emptie. Luke 20:12 And againe he sent the third, and they wounded him also, & cast him out. Luke 20:13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I doe? I will send my beloued sonne: it may be they will reuerence him when they see him. Luke 20:14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselues, saying, This is ye heire, come, let vs kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. Luke 20:15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard doe vnto them? Luke 20:16 Hee shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall giue the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid. Luke 20:17 And hee beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders reiected, the same is become the head of the corner? Luke 20:18 Whosoeuer shall fall vpon that stone, shalbe broken: but on whomsoeuer it shall fall, it will grinde him to powder.
Of giving tribute to Caesar.
Luke 20:19 And the chiefe Priests and the Scribes the same houre sought to lay hands on him, and they feared the people: for they perceiued that he had spoken this parable against them. Luke 20:20 And they watched him, and sent foorth spies, which should faine themselues iust men, that they might take holde of his words, that so they might deliuer him vnto the power and authoritie of the gouernour. Luke 20:21 And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person [of any], but teachest the way of God truely. Luke 20:22 Is it lawfull for vs to giue tribute vnto Cesar, or no? Luke 20:23 But he perceiued their craftines, and said vnto them, Why tempt ye me? Luke 20:24 Shew me a peny: whose image and superscription hath it? They answered, and said, Cesars. Luke 20:25 And he said vnto them, Render therefore vnto Cesar the things which be Cesars, and vnto God the things which be Gods. Luke 20:26 And they could not take holde of his wordes before the people, and they marueiled at his answere, and helde their peace.
He convinceth the Sadducees that denied the resurrection.
Luke 20:27 Then came to him certaine of the Sadduces (which denie that there is any resurrection) and they asked him, Luke 20:28 Saying, Master, Moses wrote vnto vs, If any mans brother die, hauing a wife, and hee die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise vp seede vnto his brother. Luke 20:29 There were therefore seuen brethren, and the first tooke a wife, and died without children. Luke 20:30 And the second tooke her to wife, and he died childlesse. Luke 20:31 And the third tooke her, and in like maner the seuen also. And they left no children, and died. Luke 20:32 Last of all the woman died also. Luke 20:33 Therefore in the resurrection, whose wife of them is she? for seuen had her to wife. Luke 20:34 And Iesus answering, said vnto them, The children of this world, marrie, and are giuen in marriage: Luke 20:35 But they which shall be accompted worthy to obtaine that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marrie, nor are giuen in marriage. Luke 20:36 Neither can they die any more; for they are equall vnto the Angels, and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. Luke 20:37 Now that the dead are raised, euen Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isahac, and the God of Iacob. Luke 20:38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the liuing for all liue vnto him.
Luke 20:39 Then certaine of the Scribes answering, said, Master, Thou hast well said. Luke 20:40 And after that, they durst not aske him any question at all.
How Christ is the son of David.
Luke 20:41 And he said vnto them, How say they that Christ is Dauids sonne? Luke 20:42 And Dauid himselfe saith in the booke of Psalmes, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Luke 20:43 Till I make thine enemies thy footestoole. Luke 20:44 Dauid therefore calleth him, Lord, how is he then his sonne?
He warneth his disciples to beware of the scribes.
Luke 20:45 Then in the audience of all the people, he said vnto his disciples, Luke 20:46 Beware of the Scribes, which desire to walke in long robes, and loue greetings in the markets, and the highest seates in the Synagogues, and the chiefe roumes at feasts: Luke 20:47 Which deuoure widowes houses and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receiue greater damnation.