And they sent him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and don’t care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God…”
Mark 12: 13, 14 (ESV)
The poor dumb Pharisees had it right and didn’t even realize it. What good are opinions and appearances when you’re armed to the teeth with overflowing truth? This is the essential point at which their entire existence based on their terribly flawed worldview, differed from the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Pharisees obviously cared deeply about their appearance, for they lived and breathed it every day. Their grandiose social and political stature, as well as their power base, depended on it. The effects of a pompous self-serving lifestyle filled with empty profundity could not be more revealing than when applied to this pitiful assemblage of self-serving, self-absorbed frauds.
How pompous, narrow, and inflexible an existence they must have led to having believed that they alone had it right. In a sense, they made themselves out to be God’s sole proxy to the masses, a tragic parody that can be extrapolated forward to many religious leaders, churches, and denominations even today. They were not just shallow but, a hollow weightless lot that lived a boldly contemptuous lie. Living empty lives without any real spiritual substance, the Pharisees virtually defied gravity.
Jesus, on the other hand, was laden with the universally weighty property of truth, the gravity of which is insurmountable, for nothing escapes its powerful attraction and commanding influence. Yes, the Pharisees were ineptly correct about Jesus. When you’ve got the goods; opinions and appearances don’t really matter.
Ever prepared, with Christ Jesus living in and through you, fortified with the incorruptible truth indwelling your heart, you’ll always be the real heavyweight on the block.
Dear Lord, let the awesome gravity of your truth plant us securely on its solid foundation. And let it’s sure attraction weigh mightily on those around us. Amen.