Quote of the Day
"Jesus entered the city to praise and adoration but, by the end of the week, faced a crowd shouting for His crucifixion."
~Alfred Edersheim (from "why did the crowd turn against jesus so quickly?")
Did Jesus Evade the Leaders' Question?
Note the consummate wisdom with which Jesus replied to the question put to Him (
We must understand that in this answer of our Lord's there was no evasion. To suppose this is a great mistake. The counter question He asked was in reality an answer to His enemies' inquiry. He knew they dared not deny that John the Baptist was a man sent from God. He knew that, this being granted, he needed only to remind them of John's testimony to Himself. Had not John declared him to be "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world?" Had not John pronounced Him to be the Mighty One, who was to "baptize with the Holy Spirit?" In short, our Lord's question was a home-thrust to the conscience of His enemies. If they once conceded the divine authority of John the Baptist's mission, they must also concede the divinity of His own. If they acknowledged that John came from heaven, they must acknowledge that Jesus Himself was the Christ.
Let us pray that, in this difficult world, we may be supplied with the same kind of wisdom that was displayed by our Lord. No doubt we ought to act on the command of Peter "and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear" (
Adapted from The Gospel of Matthew by J.C. Ryle (Chapter 21).
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