TRUST: People Seek to Discredit the Truth

In the post TRUST: People Seek to Disregard the Truth, we saw how the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders sought ways to disregard the TRUTH, Jesus and His Word. Now, we see the next step is TRUST: People Seek to Discredit the Truth.

Let’s move to the following verses in Mark 12.

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

And they were amazed at him.

In response to Jesus, we saw the people try to disregard the Truth in verses 1-12. Now in verses 13-17, we see people try to discredit the Truth. By Truth, remember I am referring to Jesus and His Word. Ib John 14:6, Jesus declares “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Remember, John 1 tells us “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Knowing this, it sets the foundation for people responding to Jesus as God and the Word of God.

When chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders saw that they could not disregard Jesus because of the people, we can see from their responding actions that we can TRUST: People Seek to Discredit the Truth. If one cannot disregard Jesus, he/she seeks to discredit Him. In the passage above, the Pharisees and Herodians (ruling family empowered by Roman leaders) engage in the fray to resist Jesus as Lord and God. Their actions are symbolic of how all mankind respond to Jesus. If one cannot disregard Jesus, the next tactic is to discredit Him.

Jesus shows His divinity by being aware of what they were trying to do. We see throughout the Gospels Jesus convey that He knows and judges the thoughts and motives of man just as the written Word judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Because people want to be lord of their own lives, we can TRUST: People Seek to Discredit the Truth. Despite that, Jesus’ divinity and authority supercede whatever actions man takes.

Jesus asked them “Why are you trying to trap me?” This is His statement to them that I know what you are trying to do, but I am still God – watch this. He asks them to bring Him the coin. Then, He displays His superior wisdom in His response. Consequently, in response to TRUST: People Seek to Discredit the Truth,  it also conveys that Jesus’ efforts are not altered or halted by man’s efforts. Look at how they respond to what Jesus shows them – they were amazed at him.

TRUST: People Seek to Discredit the Truth; however, God has a plan to respond to that as well. He simply demonstrates His divinity in a greater extent. Are you seeking to truly respond to Jesus or are you seeking to disregard or discredit Him? If so, your fate will be the same as the Pharisees and Herodians. You will be amazed at Jesus and without excuse when judges you at the final judgement.


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