Courage to Obey

John 7:28-29 WEB

Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, “You both know me, and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me is true, whom you don’t know. [29] I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”

Jesus is at the temple on a feast day. He has just confronted the Jews for wanting to kill him (John 7:19). Now, he is standing up declaring he alone knows God. I can only imagine how much courage that took. In just a few verses, Jesus is going to tell people to believe in him (John 7:37-38). Every one of these choices could get Jesus killed. It is surprising he was not thrown out of the temple.

It is surprising to recognize the favor on Jesus’ life. If God had not intervened, Jesus would have been killed, beaten, or made an outcast from the temple. Instead, the leaders miss their opportunity to silence Jesus. Jesus was not foolish. He understood the risks of saying the things he was saying. I appreciate that Jesus took risks like all of us. He was dependent on God’s favor just like all of us.

He was dependent on God in the same way that we are dependent on God. I like that. I like knowing that Jesus had to do the hard things as we all do. More, Jesus shows by example how to be holy. That is, he shows how to create a space in which people can interface with God. Jesus shows by example he was willing to die so a few might be saved.

Lord Jesus, please give me the courage to obey you, even when it is hard. Please help me lay my life down at your feet so that others may be saved. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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