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Reading for March 16: John 11:45-56
   Discussion: Reading for March 16: John 11:45-56
Leon Milnes · 5 years, 6 months ago


After the raising of Lazarus, the division in the people escalates. "Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done."
The use of the word "but" indicates that the chief priests and Pharisees did not believe. How could they then explain the many signs that Jesus performed? It's not explained. The chief priests and Pharisees are portrayed as acting out of self-preservation and maintenance of the status quo. What made them think that their power and actions would conquer the power of the man performing signs, who had already demonstrated power over life and death? The example of such blindness makes me think harder about the blindness that we have across nations today. Who has the bigger picture and acts for the greater good? Who is plotting to protect the status quo?
Leon Milnes · 5 years, 6 months ago

I often struggle with not letting faith drive my actions. Too often, I am concerned that the status quo is not to be 'messed with' or authorities be questioned. 

I f I were to see a man come into the gathering space and claim to be Jesus returning, and saw him perform a healing on the spot, would I be willing to drive to Bishop Campbells office and tell him that Jesus is back and I saw him in action? I don't know that I would. 

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