Jesus had arrived in
and knew He would face the cross soon. He had
just performed many miracles, including raising Lazarus from the dead. Many people believed He was the Messiah, but
the Jewish leaders wanted to have him killed.
Many people wanted to believe in Him.
Deep down, they had a feeling He was the true Messiah. But, what would the other Jewish leaders and
Pharisees think? They were too concerned
with the opinions of others to take a stand for the Truth. They loved human praise more than the praise
of God… Jerusalem
“Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.” John 12:42-23
It’s easy to read these verses and think how crazy it is that these people would not take a stand for the Truth. Jesus was in their presence; they saw him face-to-face and watched Him perform miracles, including raising a man from the dead! How could they NOT take a stand???
But, don’t we do this ALL THE TIME? Don’t we care more about the opinions of others than the opinions of Christ?
Just the other day, I felt Him prompting me to lead in prayer in a setting where wisdom was needed. But, I let the opinions of others keep me from doing this. What will they think if I ask to pray out loud right now? What should I say in my prayer? Then, I told myself I would just pray in my heart and that would accomplish the same thing. I cared more about what people thought of me than what God wanted me to do.
It’s good to be sensitive to the needs around us and to be conscientious of others. But, it’s not okay to put that above what God is calling us to do, even if it is at the expense of another’s feelings. I want to put the needs of others above my own and to treat others the same way I would want to be treated. More than that, however, I want to put God above everything else…even if it means I offend someone in the process.
May we all listen to the convictions that God places on our hearts and follow through with His promptings. May we take time to look at the needs of the people around us, but not let their opinions keep us from following after the Lord.