Jesus was teaching in the temple (Matt 21:23) when the temple’s priests began to question Him about His authority. Their questions were insincere, for they were looking for a way to dispose of Him. The same is true today of people who reject Jesus, for they too are looking for a way to dispose of Him. For example I read an interview with the atheist writer Christopher Hitchens, and noticed how easily he dismissed Jesus. He said, “If you believe in God you’re an idiot.”
We choose either one of two authorities to rule over us: Man’s or God’s. If you want man’s authority over you then you will live in a world of want. This is expressed in the saying, “I want what I want, and I want it now.” The consequences of such a life is there is no truth in a person’s life, for truth becomes what a person perceives it to be. Therefore, anything can be justified and made right. The other alternative is that we will accept Jesus as the authority to rule over us, and gladly proclaim Him as Peter did, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” (Matt. 16:16).
You may choose either way, but one day, if you don’t bow, the choice will be made for you, for God speaking to Jesus said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet” (Ps. 110:1). If you choose man’s rule, what will you do the day God becomes your enemy?