Re:Verse passage – Mark 11:11-19 (day two)
The chief priests and the scribes heard this, and began seeking how to destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, for the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching. vs. 18
The chief priests were likely angry at Jesus for the extremely public rebuke that he gave them, but look at their response. They began to seek a way to destroy him. Let’s be honest, we are the same. I doubt you would actively seek to destroy someone who challenges, chastises, or rebukes you, but we do it in our hearts. How many times, when challenged, do you begin to harden your heart towards the person and miss the message? Being corrected is hard, and we live in a world that does not value humility. It is far easier to lash out, to assassinate the other’s character rather than take an honest look at what brought about the correction in the first place. Jesus won’t always turn over tables, but you can bet he will challenge your sin nature. How will you react? How will this inform how you treat others?