Jesus and his disciples returned once more to Jerusalem.
As he was walking in the temple area,
the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders
approached him and said to him,
“By what authority are you doing these things?
Or who gave you this authority to do them?”
Jesus said to them, “I shall ask you one question.
Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin? Answer me.”
They discussed this among themselves and said,
“If we say, ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say,
‘Then why did you not believe him?’
But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?”–
they feared the crowd,
for they all thought John really was a prophet.
So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.”
Then Jesus said to them,
“Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
They were always tried to trap Jesus. There is something about our fallen human nature that does not want to believe. We doubt. We make excuses in order not to believe.
What does this look like in 2016? Some might ask, “There cannot be a God if there is such violence in the world.” Others may say, “I’m not going to Church because it is full of hypocrites.” Still others may say, “Jesus is just a crutch for weak people.” I’m sure that you have heard other reasons why people do not believe.
What will help us believe that Jesus is the Son of God? There are so many things that point to this truth:
1) Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
2) Jesus told His followers that He would be arrested, tortured, killed and He would rise again after three days.
3) He did rise from the dead and appeared to His followers, whose lives were changed completely by seeing Jesus alive after the crucifixion.
4) The Scriptures are full of wisdom and truth. They make sense and bring light, peace and joy to our lives.
At some point in life we have to make a leap of faith. The facts can take us to the edge of the cliff and at some point we have to make the leap of faith into the arms of God. This leap of faith can be frightening, but is so freeing once we finally trust God with our whole heart, mind and soul.
What is keeping you from completely trusting in Jesus as the Son of God?
What excuses have you made to not practice your faith?
Have a blessed weekend!