Mark Has Some Good News, Part 49, Burden Of Proof

Mark 11:

The Authority of Jesus Challenged

27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, 28 and they said to him, "By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?" 29 Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me." 31 And they discussed it with one another, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' 32 But shall we say, 'From man'?"—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet. 33 So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."


The burden of proof can be a heavy one to bear on occasion. We as Christians live in a world that desperately wants God to be a myth. The idea of a totalitarian truth that is unavoidable is a scary thought, if you don't agree with it that is.


Being a religious leader at the time must have been a tough job. Scripture to memorize hundreds of laws to follow and the overkill rules you have to make to prove yourself holy all while hiding your faults in technicalities and traditions so you can stay on your wrung in the righteousness ladder. Then along comes Jesus. He says he's the Christ, the messiah the savior God incarnate. And you want desperately to prove him wrong because he threatens and conquers all the work you do to be perfect.


Finally his frontal assault of self-righteousness disrupts a holy money making scheme with your finger prints on it and out of necessity for cover up you ask him why he thinks he so special he can challenge what God has left unchallenged for centuries.


And this Jesus takes that burden of proof you so desperately want off your shoulders, and gives it back to you with interest. He catches you in your self-righteous sin and make you choose between an angry mobs who loved the prophet you won't acknowledge or the astonished mob who has never seen you live a life worth following.


Jesus doesn't need proof. He feeds thousands out of a near empty lunch box, goes to the beach without a towel because he just walks on the water. He heals people, cast demons out.


Jesus lift's that burden of proof off our shoulders and let's anyone who wants to go toe to toe with him take it whenever they want. Hundreds of people saw him rise from the dead let alone the 4 people who wrote nearly identical accounts of his life at 4 different times. And a man named Saul who was one of these Pharisees types, who actually had Christians killed, was changed drastically by Jesus that he wrote, preached and church planted until his head was removed for the sake of Jesus.


There is no burden of proof in Christ. He need not defend his person and we need not defend our belief in him. He is God that's why we worship him, not because we think he is, because he is.