Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

June 2, 2012

Sarah Griger

Sophomore, Accounting and Business Management Double Major

Jude 17, 20b-25; 
Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6; 
Mark 11:27-33

I hope you enjoy this passage as much as I do.  I love it when Jesus outsmarts the Pharisees and the Sadducees—the smartest men in their culture, the ones with all Biblical knowledge.  I love it when they are dumbfounded by what Jesus has to say. 
In this passage, these men are trying to get Jesus to make a mistake.  They want him to either deny his divinity, effectively ending his ministry, or to profess it, giving them reason to have him executed.  These men, the “teachers of the law,” think that they’ve got Jesus this time. There are only two ways to answer this question—yes or no.  But, once again, they’ve underestimated Jesus.  He manages to turn the question around and avoid answering it; leaving them even more confused than they were before they asked the question.

You can’t test God, or his Son, for that matter.  We try little tricks in our lives to test him or to get what we want from him, but God doesn’t work that way.  He, like Jesus in today’s passage, refuses to be treated that way.  We need to learn to trust him with our lives and stop allowing the devil the ability to scare us into doing things the way that the “chief priests and teachers of the law” did things.

I also take something else away from this.  While he does not answer the question in this passage, it is clear who Jesus is.  We cannot put Jesus into a box or let the world try and tell us who he is.  Jesus was completely clear when he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6).  Jesus is the Savior and he came to earth to die for you and me, so isn’t it time that we stop trying to analyze and test Jesus and just learn to trust him and come to him?  There’s a song currently on the radio by One Sonic Society called “Forever Reign.” One line from the song always resonates in my mind and gives me chills when I think about it: “Oh, I’m running to your arms, I’m running to your arms.  The riches of your love will always be enough.  Nothing compares to your embrace.”  So today, let us let go of all that the world tells you about Jesus and just feel his perfect, majestic, loving presence.  I’m going to leave you with one final thought; another lyric from this song.  I hope that you will sing it with me:  “My heart will sing, no other name.  Jesus.  Jesus.”

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