In recent decades the uses and types of lasers available for medical procedures have expanded dramatically. From eye surgery to dermatology to endovascular operations to foot procedures, lasers are transforming surgery options. Laser surgery often results in less bleeding than conventional surgery, and the heat from the laser reduces the risk of infection at the surgical site. The precision of the lasers allows surgeons to perform treatments that were nearly impossible with a scalpel.
Jesus’ question in our passage today functioned like a laser penetrating the hearts of His listeners and exposing the motives and intentions of their hearts. Yesterday we saw how many followers abandoned Jesus after He didn’t fulfill their wishes; today we see how the crowds and religious leaders grew increasingly antagonistic toward Him.
By this time in His ministry, the religious leaders were already looking for an excuse to kill Jesus (v. 1). His brothers, the children of Mary and Joseph, taunted Him because they didn’t believe that He was anyone special (v. 5). The crowd was ambivalent—some said He was a good man; others said He was a fraud (v. 12). But they were all amazed when they heard Him teach. No one could deny the power and insight of His proclamations in the temple.
Jesus’ brothers had claimed that He only wanted attention for Himself, but Jesus rebuts that charge. His teaching is intended to point people toward God, not create a fan club for Himself. His motivation was always to point people to His Father and the message that a relationship with God was possible through His Son.
Everything that Jesus said and did was consistent with His desire to live in complete obedience to His Father—even when He was misunderstood, threatened, and unpopular.