Stop and thank God for being present with you today. Ask for God’s guidance as you hear God’s voice through scripture and the writer.
45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what he had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council, and said, “What are we to do? This man is performing many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.” 51 He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the dispersed children of God. 53 So from that day on they planned to put him to death.
54 Jesus therefore no longer walked about openly among the Jews, but went from there to a town called Ephraim in the region near the wilderness; and he remained there with the disciples.
55 Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. 56 They were looking for Jesus and were asking one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival, will he?” 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus was should let them know, so that they might arrest him.
Status quo. It is an interesting concept. People wanting things to stay the same. It is something to see. It happens everyday in all walks of life. Facebook is filled with memes from people wishing it was like it was in their younger days or like it was in days gone by. One thing I have always been told that the one constant in life is change.
It is what I see not only today but in scripture as well. Leadership often wants things to stay the same. The Pharisees knew that Jesus would bring change. Their claim to power would be over if they didn’t do something to stop Jesus. I guess some things don’t change that much.
Our call is to embrace the change that comes when we have a relationship with Jesus. It isn’t easy to embrace the changes of looking out for other people rather than just ourselves; the change of giving rather than receiving; the change of us instead of just me. Others will fight to keep things the same. They will plot against other to keep change from happening. It isn’t anything new. We have to be different.
Ever changing, yet always the same, we pray that we embrace the changes that you call us to make. May we always embrace your call to love and care for others and be ever ready for where that call may take us. Amen.
Go with God!