The Pharisees are an interesting group of leaders. In the passage today they ask Jesus to tell them plainly if He is the Messiah, as if they want to know so they can worship Him. Then Jesus tells them that He has already told them, they just don’t listen. He has given them miraculous signs and good works, but all they want to do is kill Him. They respond with they aren’t trying to kill Him for His good works, they want to kill Him because He says He is God. What? This is like a crazy circle of double speak. We want to know if you are the Messiah, but if you tell us you are, we’re going to kill you. The Pharisees talk in circles not because they want to know the truth about Jesus, but to get what they want.
What’s also interesting to me is how Jesus and His followers then leave and go back to where it all started. They go to the Jordan River where John was baptizing the people, telling them to prepare for the coming Messiah. They sat there and reflected on the beginning and realized that everything John said about Jesus had come true. Right there was where Jesus was proclaimed to be sent by God as the Chosen One, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Sometimes in our pursuit of knowing Jesus, we get all tied up in the details and we make believing in Jesus more difficult than it needs to be. The evidence is actually all around us. Sometimes we just need to go back to the beginning and trust in the basics. You don’t need to know all the workings of a toaster to believe that when you put bread in, toast will come out. Start with believing Jesus is God’s Son and He came to make a way for us to have an eternal relationship with God because He loves us more than we can imagine. More understanding about all the details will come with time. Jesus told us plainly. He came into the world not to judge it but to save it. Are you listening?
Director of Family Ministry