Fearing the Mob
“Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human?”
They talked it over among themselves. “If we say it was from heaven, he will ask us why we didn’t believe John. But if we say it was merely human, we’ll be mobbed because the people believe John was a prophet” (Matthew 21.25-26 NLT).
The religious leaders of Jesus’ time were always trying to trap Jesus in His choice of words. When Jesus was teaching in the Temple, they asked Him who gave Him the authority to teach (Matthew 21.23). Jesus can read the hearts of people, and He knew they weren’t asking the question because they really wanted to know—they were looking for any excuse to accuse Him. Instead of falling into their scheme, He decided to ask them a question: Was John’s authority to baptize from God or merely human inclination? Instead of trying to base their answer on God’s Truth, they based their answer on what others thought. They allowed the opinions and actions of others to dictate their quest for understanding and their declaration of what they believed. Because they feared the people around them, they stated that they didn’t have the answer. As Christians, we can’t allow the people around us to regulate our understanding of Truth. Truth is found in God’s Word and is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever. It doesn’t move, change or shift with the cultural feelings, opinions and beliefs. It is better to be isolated and standing on Truth than surrounded and standing on shifting sand. When asked a question about our faith, our first thought shouldn’t be about what others think; rather, it should be about what God says.
“When darkness veils His lovely face/ I rest on His unchanging grace/ In every high and stormy gale/ My anchor holds within the veil/ On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand/ All other ground is sinking sand”
“MY Hope is Built on Nothing Less”
by Edward Mote