The Fear of Losing Your Place in Life

Scripture: John 11:48, ‘If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.’

 

Observations: Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (v43-44) and I suspect that most of the people who witnesses it were amazed and believed that Jesus was indeed the Christ (v45). However, some people reported Jesus’ miracle to the Pharisees (v46) who called a meeting of the Sanhedrin (v47), which is a meeting of the all the religious leaders. They recognize Jesus’ miracles, but their concern is that if they let Jesus continue ‘everyone will believe in him.’ There is a growing ground swell of support for Jesus and the religious leaders are worried. Not for a second do they believe that actually might be the promised Messiah, rather they are worried that ‘the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.’ They are worried that support for Jesus will lead to a Messianic revolt, one that would directly oppose Roman occupation. And they aren’t necessarily concerned that the Temple or the nation might be destroyed, but that they might lose their positions of power and influence (our place in the hierarchy of things).

 

Application: How often are we influenced, not by the truth, but by how it might affect our lives? Like the religious leaders we are often worried about how something might affect our place in life. If we really obeyed Jesus it might mean people think we’re weird and they won’t respect us anymore. If we really cared about the poor it might mean being less comfortable and we don’t really want that. If we really lived out the Great Commission it might mean being persecuted for our faith. Maybe we aren’t really all that different from the Pharisees. This is what Jess meant when he said we were to take up our cross and follow him. Recognizing Jesus as the Christ means risking everything for his glory.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, the truth is that You risked everything for my sake, You gave Your own Son who died in my place, and yet I am so often afraid to risk my life, let along my comfort and security. But Lord, I believe that Jesus is not only my Saviour, but that He is my Lord, who has been give all authority in heaven and earth. And so Lord, I want to submit my life to his will. Lord, forgive me when my commitment is limited or conditional, and by the power of Your Holy Spirit help me to offer my life as a living sacrifice for Your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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