devotional post # 2041
Luke 20:1-8 JDV
Luk 20:1 Then one day it happened: while Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and explaining the gospel, the high-ranking priests and the experts in the law with the elders stood up
Luk 20:2 and this is what they said to him: “Tell us: what gives you the right to do these things? Or who is it who gave you this right?”
Luk 20:3 He replied to them, “I will also ask you a question, and you tell me:
Luk 20:4 John’s baptism — was it from the sky or from people?”
Luk 20:5 So they debated this with one another, deliberating, “If we say, ‘From the sky,’ he will say, ‘And you did not believe him?’
Luk 20:6 But if we say, ‘From people,’ the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.”
Luk 20:7 So they replied that they did not know where it came from.
Luk 20:8 So Jesus said to them, “I am not going to tell you who gave me the right to do these things either.”
The religious leaders had been afraid of John the Baptist and his revival movement. They did not want to deny the validity of the movement, because that would make them seem to oppose God. But they did not want to join the movement either. So, out of fear, they kept silent. But when their hatred of Jesus led them to stand up against him, Jesus exposed the roots of their agnosticism.
Agnosticism about Jesus and the kingdom is popular today, and much of the same fear motivates it. It seems safer to ride the fence than to come off on either side. But it is not safe to reject the glaring truth of the lordship of Christ.
LORD, give us the courage to believe and confess allegiance to Christ.