Saturday: 2nd June, 2018
Reference text: Mark 11:27-33
Mark 11:30, 31 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me. And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
What does one do when they find themselves between a rock and a hard place? What do you do in a situation where either of the options available to you are likely to lead to unwanted outcomes? Do you make the decision and wait to see what happens or like the Chief priests and their cohort did, analyse the situation and find a way out- whatever that may be.
The thing that makes the analysis of this situation even more interesting, is the near certainty with which all conclusions were drawn – not based on fact, but by using extrapolation and assumptions. They ‘read’ the mind of Jesus, and ‘assumed’ what the people would do hence, realised that should they answer his question one way or the other, they will be trapped by their own words. Thus, they chose a third option – ‘feign ignorance,’.
This time round, ‘We don’t know’, got them out of the bind, but this whole scenario tells us a reality that there are some who in spite of knowing the truth, choose to ignore it and instead, settle for a lie. For such people, to wiggle their way out of any sticky situation, they have no problems turning a blind eye to the truth that lies before them; along with the impact it could have on themselves and even in the lives of others.
My dear, had the Pharisees answered Jesus as ‘John’s baptism was from heaven’, and had events turned out as they predicted themselves, what answer could they have provide to ‘Why did you not believe then?’ That question was addressed to the Pharisees, but the question for our consideration is this: ‘After truly coming to experience Jesus, why do we still have lingering doubts in our relationship with him?
Remember # don’t allow any assumptions to keep you from truly believing.