… by Kay Roberts
Have you ever been caught up by the crowd? Even though you had your doubts or believed differently, you were afraid to speak boldly what you thought or believed in your heart t be true. So often, we are afraid to speak up about something when it’s contrary to popular belief. Verse 13 in the NLT says “But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.”
These rulers were everything to the Jewish people, similar to how people feel toward the Pope. They followed these leaders and desired to be as good as these leaders. It’s hard to speak boldly against people you are afraid of, especially those who you respect when it comes to God.
But it doesn’t stop there. The religious leaders in chapter 7 are pretty adamant that Jesus is a fake and fraud. They don’t believe Him because of their own blindness and unwillingness to seek after the truth. Their hearts are hard-hearted to the truth because they refuse to ASK questions to seek after answers that are just below the surface. (If ONLY someone woul asked Jesus where he was born, they would’ve found out in Bethlehem which is in their prophecy of where the Messiah would be born!) They have believed in what they have perceived as truth for so long that they aren’t teachable anymore. (Who does his Jesus think He is?!?)
Where do you see yourself in this story? Are you one of thoseIs that you? Is your heart teachable or are you so stuck in your ways that you can’t see the truth that staring you in the face?