Monday, September 12, 2016

John 12:12-19

John 12:12-19
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

 There's a danger in familiarity.  We start to take things for granted.  For the people in Jesus' time, everything was new and astounding.  They kept hearing about these miracles, and they wanted to see the man who was performing them.  They believed that he was the Messiah, the one who came to save, because he was fulfilling so many prophecies.  They rushed from near and far to praise Jesus.
  When we meet the rising day, do we do so with the same sense of anticipation and wonder?  I will confess that I do not -- it's easy to default into believing that God will do the same thing today that he did yesterday.  We've heard the promises and read the stories so many times that while we still believe them, it's hard to maintain a spirit of wonder, ready for God to do something new.
  The Pharisees were ahead of their time when they said that everyone in the world is following Jesus.  It may have seemed like it at the time, but the true moment was far off, when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  I don't know when it will be, but I pray for the spirit to be eager for what God is up to today.  I pray for a willing heart to depend on God, rather than simply assume that today will go as I planned.

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