John 12:27-50; 2 Chronicles 16-17; Psalm 78:1-20
Oh, those Pharisees. Think about living in the times of Jesus and seeing or hearing about His miracles. “Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.” (John 12:37) How could they not believe when they had seen and heard of people being healed and rising from the dead? It’s so easy to think about the Pharisees and shake our heads in disgust; they actually saw the miracles of Jesus and still failed to believe.
Yes, it’s easy to be pharisaical and attack the Pharisees. They saw all the miracles and didn’t believe. I read about all that Jesus did and I see Him working in many different ways in my life – but I must ask myself if my life shows my belief. If I really believed in Jesus, wouldn’t that mean major changes in my life? Wouldn’t I pray more? Wouldn’t I love more? Wouldn’t I <fill in the blank> more?
So often there is a disconnect between our stated belief and our daily lives. We say we believe in Jesus. We claim Him as our Savior and Lord. We sing to and worship Him on Sunday and then the rest of the week work so hard to fit in with those who don’t believe. John also talks of many who believed, but would not profess their faith for fear of the Pharisees. Am I not just as bad if I don’t live my faith each and every day for fear of what others may say?
As followers of Christ we have the most amazing message to share and to live out each day. We have the message of God’s Grace and Reconciliation. We live in a world that lives each day without this hope and we are called to proclaim that message in all that we say and do. Jesus talked about His death by saying that as He would be lifted up, He would draw all men to Him. May our words and our deeds today lift Jesus up not to crucify Him but to exalt Him and let God draw people to Him.
Lord God, forgive me when I fail to live for You. Let my life reflect Your Grace and Reconciliation to all I meet each and every day. Grant me the strength to live for You and let my life draw others to You.