It appears to be:
Whose authority do you have to be doing what you're doing?
That's what the leading priests and teachers of the law had asked that day.
"If John's authority came from heaven, why didn't we believe?"
That's what He'll say.
Because if we believe,
that changes . . .
"Dare we say that He was merely human?"
We are afraid of what the people will do...
because everyone believed that John was a prophet.
And if John was a prophet,
Jesus knew what they would ask.
And they knew what He would say.
So they responded with what seemed . . .
I DON'T KNOW.
Because either answer causes trouble for them.
So that's what they answer.
When truly, they did know.
But they miss out on the revelation of truth.
They miss out on having their deepest question of the moment answered.
The one question that is right here.
The question that says with its full weight: