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Aug 4th, 2022
By: Matthew Sink
The Gospel of John-Day 44

John 11:45-53 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

When the Jewish leaders gathered to discuss Jesus, they assumed they were in control of the outcome. These men were power brokers in Israel. At least that’s how they saw themselves. (Rome was really in charge, but they allowed the Jewish leaders to control most parts of life in Israel). They were the people who made the tough decisions, and on this day, they decided that Jesus must immediately die.

The irony of this moment is that they thought Jesus was on trial, but in reality, THEY were on trail. From this moment on, we see the stark difference in mindset between these caretakers of Israel, who only care about their reputation in the eyes of men, and Jesus, who only cares about His reputation in the eyes of God. His mindset convicts theirs ... and ours.

So often, we live for ourselves – with our eyes locked down here. We prioritize our own desires; we treasure things that glitter and shine; we value the applause of the people around us more than the approval of God – and we suffer for it. That self-centered, earth-bound mindset separates us from God, and robs us of the peace that comes from being in fellowship with Him.

Living for God means using your power to glorify Him instead of yourself. You can use the power of your words to build someone up or tear them down. You can use the power of your money to buy luxuries for only yourself or to help someone in need. You can use the power of your influence and experience to set someone up for success, or to help them fail.

I could keep going, but you get the point, right? Someone who has the same mindset as Jesus uses his power to serve others. Jesus said, “I didn’t come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” That was His mindset. It should be our mindset, too.