Is It Worth One Death To Be Able To Hold Onto Power?

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.

Gospel – April 2, 2020 – John 8:51-59

Jesus said to the Jews:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever keeps my word will never see death.”
So the Jews said to him,
“Now we are sure that you are possessed.
Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say,
‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’
Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died?
Or the prophets, who died?
Who do you make yourself out to be?”
Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing;
but it is my Father who glorifies me,
of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’
You do not know him, but I know him.
And if I should say that I do not know him,
I would be like you a liar.
But I do know him and I keep his word.
Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day;
he saw it and was glad.”
So the Jews said to him,
“You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
before Abraham came to be, I AM.”
So they picked up stones to throw at him;
but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.

There was once a girl I had a crush on. It was one way and I don’t think she ever knew what I felt. I was too shy to be able to win her so I denied my crush and never tried to win her. It was willfully denying what I knew. Boy, what a time for a do over.

The Pharisees in today’s Gospel have seen Jesus preach and heal. There really isn’t a denial and yet they do. They were more concerned with Jesus showing who they were and they would lose power. So they hide behind the Law of Moses. Which they adhered to so stoutly they would hurt the ones the law was there to protect.

Jesus continued to make the effort to save them but they continued to fear him so much they wanted him dead.

John 11:50 Caiphus says “Better that one man should die” They were that afraid of him.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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