18Early in the morning as Jesus was returning to the city, he was hungry. 19He saw a fig tree along the road, but when he came to it, he found nothing except leaves. Then he said to it, "You’ll never again bear fruit!" The fig tree dried up at once. 20When the disciples saw it, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree dry up so fast?" they asked. 21Jesus responded, "I assure you that if you have faith and don’t doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree. You will even say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the lake.’ And it will happen. 22 If you have faith, you will receive whatever you pray for." 23When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came to him as he was teaching. They asked, "What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority?" 24Jesus replied, "I have a question for you. If you tell me the answer, I’ll tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things. 25 Where did John get his authority to baptize? Did he get it from heaven or from humans?" They argued among themselves, "If we say ‘from heaven,’ he’ll say to us, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26But we can’t say ‘from humans’ because we’re afraid of the crowd, since everyone thinks John was a prophet." 27Then they replied, "We don’t know." Jesus also said to them, “Neither will I tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things.