The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”
Matthew 21:25-26 ESV
We have all been told “the truth hurts” and will probably hear it a couple more times in our lifetime. It usually happens after we are told of some blaring sin in our life we choose to ignore. The truth tends to pierce our soul and show us our deficiencies.
We can learn from the priests and elders and how they reacted to the truth. In their thought process that they didn’t want to deal with the truth, which was Jesus teaching with the authority of God (Matthew 21:23). They could either say John was a prophet and then have to admit that what he said of Jesus was true (John 1:29), or say he was just a man and make those around them mad. So, what do they do? They decide to play dumb (Matthew 21:27).
We can often play dumb as the priests and elders did. As we read God’s word we are confronted with the truth. The truth can hurt as it pierces our soul (Hebrews 4:12). But, we may still not embrace the truth. Instead, we may choose to continue to hide from the truth and make excuses. This might look like seeking someone out to agree with us or, praying to God hoping he will change his mind or, any other route that makes us content. In the end, we are running from the truth instead of embracing it and letting it change us from the inside out.
Embrace The Truth Today