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)
Isn’t it interesting how we have to think about an answer because of what might happen based on how we answer?
Have you ever answered a question in a way that would make the person asking you like you more? Have you ever manipulated the answer to a question to get the right response?
That is what the chief priests, legal experts and elders are doing. They do not want to answer with their understanding but for how the answer will be perceived. And when we do this we are not living in the truth. We are letting the hope of the coming savior not be a part of our life.
Through Jesus being in your life you know the truth, and when you live in Jesus the hope of Christ is always with you. Answer in that hope and share the truth. Live the love that God has given us.