Daily D – John 12:37
Even though he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him.
JOHN 12:37 (CSB)
After all Jesus had done, including raising Lazarus from the dead, many people still did not believe in him for who he was. Worse yet, “many did believe in him even among the rulers, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, so that they would not be banned from the synagogue,” (verse 42).
Bottom line? “For they loved human praise more than praise from God,” (verse 43).
We live in an interesting time. Many people say they do not care what anyone thinks about them and yet they carefully cultivate their appearance, their social media status, and more so that people will like them, really, really like them.
Truth and destiny take a back seat to popularity and position.
Going with the flow is easier than swimming against the tide.
Giving up is easier than staying in the game.
We do not have to give in to the encroaching darkness. Read verses 33-50. Listen to what Jesus says. Hear his declaration in verse 46: “I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me would not remain in darkness.”
There is light. There is life. There is destiny.
Jesus is the Light of the World.
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life.
Jesus is the Way to the Father (John 14:6).
Sit with the self-centered sourpusses if you want, or go with Jesus.
Stay with those endlessly fascinated with themselves, or walk with Jesus along his path of adventure and meaning.
Soak up the acclaim of those who look down on everyone else, or look up to Jesus the Initiator and Perfector of all things.
I will live in the light of truth.
Our Father, it is hard for us to go against the flow. Give us strength. It is hard for us to swim against the tide. Empower us. Teach us your will. Show us your way. You know best. May we know you in ever-increasing wonder and delight. Amen.
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Leviticus 19:32-34 “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord. “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
Luke 6:27-31 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”