Scripture: John 7: 14-36
Key Verses: John 7:33-34 Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little while longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. You will search for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”
Reflection: Jesus spoke concerning his death, resurrection, and ascension. The crowds that came to Jerusalem were curious but had no idea what he was talking about. The disciples were in that crowd and they did not comprehend his words, either. They were in awe of their teacher. The crowds, however, were skeptical of Jesus. Even though they were amazed at his knowledge of scripture they were unsure of his authority.
I am exhausted just thinking about the crowd, the disciples and the Pharisees. Their fear of the unknown and unfamiliar bubbled up inside them until they collectively created a mob against Jesus. I can only imagine how frustrated Jesus was in that moment and how frustrated he continues to be with our mob mentality. I wonder if Jesus’ prayer was: “Oh dear God, don’t they know me by now?” I want someone in the crowd to say “I know him. He is love.” Where are the voices of peace and justice? Jesus taught us about loving our neighbor and not being the first to pick up a stone. I know his promise of living water that quenches our parched places. I wonder why no one spoke up. Then I wonder on some days why I don’t speak up.
Prayer: God, I know your son. The redemptive love of Jesus and the power of his resurrection, offers me new life every day. Give me courage to raise my voice among the skeptics and in the mob. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].