In John 21:23-27, the religious leaders try to shut Jesus down again. They want to know what authority He has to teach what He’s teaching. Who was His rabbi, His teacher, and when did He get His degree and license to teach, so to speak. In Jesus’ day, you studied under a rabbi, and when you have proven yourself, you were given permission to go out and teach. They wanted to know who He had studied under. He won’t answer them. So, He sets them up.
They could answer this question. They know that they believe about the issue. Jesus asks them if John the Baptist was sent by God or not. They don’t think He was. But if they tell the truth, it’s not a popular answer, and they’ll face trouble. They want everyone to like them, and live by that rule, and so they can’t answer the question.
How often do I, do we, do that? We worry about what everyone else will think about us, rather than just telling the truth? We let others opinions dictate what we say, who we hang out with, what we wear, what we eat, where we go. And we lose out because of it.
Stand up today and speak truth. Let God worry about your reputation. You worry about truth.