Day 42 - John 7:45-53
Points to Ponder:
1.There are now numerous people who are questioning whether Jesus is the Messiah or not. What do the Pharisees and Jewish leaders continue to do?
2.Why do they continue to do it even though the crowd of believers grows?
3.Agree or Disagree. Nicodemus was bold to speak out in this case, but still needed to more clearly confess whether he believed in Jesus himself or not.
4.What do you learn for yourself in the fact that Jews continue to reject despite all those who speak up?
Nicodemus – the one who came to him previously and who was one of them – said to them, “Our law doesn’t condemn a man before it hears from him and knows what he’s doing, does it?” – John 7:50-51
Lord Jesus, I see these Pharisees and Jewish leaders dig in their heels against you. The crowds are questioning whether you are the Messiah or not. The temple guard is coming with questions too. Even Nicodemus, one from among them, raises an important question and they dig in their heels against you. It would be easy for me to rail against all those people who dig in their heels against you. But, Lord Jesus, I first ask that you would keep me from hardening myself and digging in my heels against you. I am capable of the same hypocrisy and hardness. It’s in me. If they can do it, so can I. I pray that you would keep me from this hardness. I pray that you could soften my heart by your Spirit so that I am always open to correction that comes from your Word. Keep me from arrogance and hardness against you. And, then, Lord give me gentle and true words to break through to those who are hardened against you. Help me, like Nicodemus, speak up clearly for you and from your Word. But Lord, give me more boldness than Nicodemus. Help me also clearly confess that I am yours and you are mine, that I follow you, even if it means that I will be cast out by others. Keep me close to you, dear Savior, my whole life through. Amen.