Daily D – John 11:53
So from that day on they plotted to kill him.
JOHN 11:53 (CSB)
Seeing is not necessarily believing.
Seeing is not necessarily understanding.
Seeing is not necessarily appreciating.
John has provided seven signs in his Gospel account to help us see Jesus for who he is. Before this book is complete, he will also provide seven I Am sayings as well. We see one of them here in verse 25 when Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
One of the cardinal truths of human existence is that people act in their own best interest. Jesus’ seven sayings and seven signs in this Gospel should have led to everyone coming to him, especially those who supervised the spiritual affairs of the Jewish people. Instead of seeing Jesus as the fulfillment of a promise, however, they saw him as a threat.
“So from that day on they plotted to kill him.”
This is not logical. Jesus raised a man from the dead a few minutes ago. This is not good theology. When Jesus did what only God can do, again and again and again, it should have stimulated the kind of theological reflection that led to a reframing of their worldview.
Instead, they wanted to kill the man who said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” How do you kill a man who is the very source of life? How do you make him stay dead?
Crucifixion was a sure and final death. A large, heavy stone sealed and guarded by soldiers would provide a secure burial. But kill the Creator? Kill God in the flesh? Expect him to stay dead when he raised others to life?
This did not make sense before the crucifixion. It did not make sense after the resurrection. It does not make sense today.
John’s Gospel continually, repeatedly, on every page helps us see Jesus for who he is. See him, know him, receive him. It is in our best interest not to try to kill and bury Jesus. It is in our best interest to enter into joyful fellowship with Jesus who came to us to give us life that endures beyond the grave and abundantly overflows with his grace and goodness now and forever.
See Jesus and believe.
See Jesus and understand how much God loves you.
See Jesus and appreciate that the greatest of all stories includes you.
I will see Jesus for who he is and through him see all things as they are.
Our Father, please deliver me from willful blindness. Deliver me from misunderstanding you and your purpose in this world. Deliver me from a failure to appreciate your gift of life abundant and eternal. Lead me into all of your goodness and grace. May my life overflow with it so that others too may see you and believe. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.