In Luke chapter 20, the religious leaders demand that Jesus give them a sign (beyond the many signs He has already give). To this, Jesus asks them a question,
“Did John’s baptism come from heaven, or was it merely human ?”Luke 20:3 NLT
The religious leaders, concerned about public appearance, considered themselves to be compromised if they answered the question, so they chose not to.
The question itself was straight forward, and I’m sure that they had their opinions. They would go on to ask a trick question later in this chapter, hoping to get something on Jesus so that either the people would turn on Him or the government.
The frightening part of this is that no where do they seem to care what God thinks about their stances. They shouldn’t have been concerned about the people. And if they believed that John’s baptism was from heaven, then even at this point they should have considered the need to repent. Unfortunately,
they were only concerned with their status.
Where do you stand? Do you stand with Jesus, or are you concerned with what other people will say? When people question your faith, try to look beyond the question to figure out what their real question is. If you aren’t sure of the answer, feel free to say that, but
don’t avoid answering the question because it is unpopular, and always answer in love!
And as we seek to learn what we need to learn, we need to remember that we can rely on the Holy Spirit, for we are told that He “will give (us) the right words” and wisdom.