by Andrew Hillard
Have you ever found yourself in a conversation with someone who clearly wasn’t listening? They were hearing your words, but nothing you said really seemed to register. One of the great things we have going for us as we’re not able to gather together right now is technology, particularly social media. We can stay connected with one another even when we aren’t able to be in the same room. We can share our lives and share the funny things that are helping us get through this time. We can check on one another and encourage one another. It really is a blessing. But that doesn’t mean the darker side of social media has suddenly disappeared. In addition to all the positive, our feeds are still filled with negativity and arguing and division, and at times, it’s tempting to engage, to try to set someone straight. We want to win the argument, but we would do well in those moments to learn from Jesus.
Being questioned before the council in Luke 22, Jesus answers their question by saying, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” The first thing Jesus teaches us is that there’s no use in entering a prolonged discussion with someone who already has their mind made up. He isn’t going to engage in this process when He knows they aren’t going to listen. He isn’t willing to enter the conversation on the council’s terms, but He does speak the truth they needed to hear and that we most need to hear when we really want to win the argument. He points us to a much greater victory where we find hope and rest: the Son of Man—the one who made purification for our sins—is seated at the right hand of the power of God.