Devotions for March 24, 2014

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John 11:45-57

45 Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw this happen. 46 But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the leading priests and Pharisees called the high council together. “What are we going to do?” they asked each other. “This man certainly performs many miraculous signs. 48 If we allow him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in him. Then the Roman army will come and destroy both our Temple and our nation.”

49 Caiaphas, who was high priest at that time, said, “You don’t know what you’re talking about! 50 You don’t realize that it’s better for you that one man should die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.”

51 He did not say this on his own; as high priest at that time he was led to prophesy that Jesus would die for the entire nation. 52 And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of God scattered around the world.

53 So from that time on, the Jewish leaders began to plot Jesus’ death. 54 As a result, Jesus stopped his public ministry among the people and left Jerusalem. He went to a place near the wilderness, to the village of Ephraim, and stayed there with his disciples.

55 It was now almost time for the Jewish Passover celebration, and many people from all over the country arrived in Jerusalem several days early so they could go through the purification ceremony before Passover began. 56 They kept looking for Jesus, but as they stood around in the Temple, they said to each other, “What do you think? He won’t come for Passover, will he?” 57 Meanwhile, the leading priests and Pharisees had publicly ordered that anyone seeing Jesus must report it immediately so they could arrest him.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Do you try and live a “normal” life with just an addition of Jesus here or there? Are you concerned with keeping things culturally acceptable when it comes talking about Jesus? Do you only speak with other Christians about Him? Do you only bring Him up when someone else does too? Are you afraid of “stepping on someones toes”, if you mention him in everyday conversations?

Q: The Jewish leadership was worried that Jesus was going to “stir up trouble” with the government, the Romans. Are you worried that Jesus is going to “stir up trouble” for you? Are you worried that you’ll be labeled by non-Christians as a Christian?

Q: What keeps you from boldly proclaiming your faith? What can you do to kill off the reaction to subdue your faith, rather than embrace it? How can you stand firm in who you are and not shy away from sharing that with people who need a new life in Christ, just like you did?

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