A thought that hit me after watching The Chosen’s depiction of John the Baptist speaking with Jesus before the former heads off to scold Herod for taking his brother’s wife.

We as the audience all know what will ultimately happen to John as a result of his confronting Herod (and if you didn’t, read your Bible BEFORE watching The Chosen and you’ll get so much more out of the show!).

And surely so does Jesus, and I got the sense that the actor portrays Jesus as having to resist telling anything to John about what will end up happening – especially when John goes on about what’s the worse that could happen, he’s used to getting thrown into prison. But Jesus having Middle Knowledge (or simple foreknowledge, or perfect understanding of people’s personalities enabling excellent prediction of their responses, etc) means that this is what Jesus has to resist doing ALL THE TIME.

It’s like those scifi stories where someone time travels back and meets people they know, or historical figures – and has to resist blurting out their knowledge of the future, or risk changing the timeline!

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