27 Jesus and his disciples entered Jerusalem again. As Jesus was walking around the temple, the chief priests, legal experts, and elders came to him. 28 They asked, “What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I have a question for you. Give me an answer, then I’ll tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things. 30 Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin? Answer me.” 31 They argued among themselves, “If we say, ‘It’s of heavenly origin,’ he’ll say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But we can’t say, ‘It’s of earthly origin.’” They said this because they were afraid of the crowd, because they all thought John was a prophet. 33 They answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Jesus replied, “Neither will I tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things.” (Mark 11:27-33, CEB)
Has someone ever asked you a question that you knew the answer to but you were afraid to answer it because you know they wanted a different answer than you were going to give?
The religious leaders of the time were trying to get Jesus to give up something they could use against him, but he knew their hearts and why they were asking, so he asked them a question, that would be a start of a conversation they were not willing to have.
You see we need not fear answering a question honestly because God will always give us the words to speak. Plus if we are honest we do not have to have a good memory. Only the one who lies needs to have the perfect memory, to remember the falsehoods they have told and to whom.
Life is easier when we share the truth of God’s love in everything we do.