April 5, 2021
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. John 2:23-25
Jesus entrusted himself only to the Father. He was not cynical; he simply knew that there is only one Being who is always trustworthy. Still, he trusted the Father at work in human relationships. For this reason, Jesus would unreservedly invest in twelve men who would one day abandon him in his greatest hour of need. Even his closest companion would deny him three times while another would betray him.
The takeaway? Trust is essential toward building loving relationships and toward creating a civil society, but all of us will let others down—even ourselves. The balance is to pursue trustworthy relationships but only entrust ourselves wholeheartedly to the One who created us and died for us.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling