6/11: What Would You Say?

 

After the Garden of Gethsemane arrest that ultimately led to Jesus’ crucifixion, He was being interviewed by the high priest. John 18 reports that “the high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine (vs. 19, NKJ). As always, Jesus showed amazing calm and answered, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing” (vs. 20, NKJ). One would think that would have been enough of an answer, but Jesus went on and added an interesting comment. He told the high priest, “Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said” (vs. 21 NKJ).

The high priest didn’t believe that Jesus was God, the Savior for whom the Jews had been waiting. Jesus was willing to put His reputation into the hands of His disciples. He knew what He had taught them, so He trusted that if the high priest asked, His disciples would have been able to expound His doctrine to anyone, even to the main religious leader of the Jewish faith.

Nothing has changed. Just as the high priest didn’t believe who Jesus was, many people today don’t believe the right things about Jesus either. Jesus expects us first to be able to be identified as His disciples, and then to be able to explain His doctrine to anyone who asks. Can Jesus trust you? What would you say?

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on June 11, 2013.

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