Power. It can hurt us when we cling to shreds of it, force what we think we have to move others around, and worship it within ourselves. Sometimes we think we have power simply by humans we know and follow and try to emulate. This power is a false sense of security that we painfully rely on in this journey on earth. We really have no power at all. We are not God. Only God can be God. Again, we are not God. God is God and we are not.
We can tap into power, the right kind of power, only as Jesus works HIS power in and through us. Any other kind of power is false, short-lived and dangerous to depend on in our relationships, workplace and our desire to please God, our Father, through Jesus Christ our LORD…not just Savior.
After Jesus displays the power of resurrection of Lazarus, many Jews are turning to Jesus because of his “only what God can do” miracles. What do they do next? They tattle on Him to leadership, not to save others, but to consider the power that they think they have that is now threatened. Wow.
We accuse the Jews readily of missing the point, but how many times do we miss the point when we impose our power of influence over others in our families, on the workplace and with our friends? It’s a question of self evaluation that we must consider as we read this scenario.
John 11, The Message
The Man Who Creates God-Signs
45-48 That was a turnaround for many of the Jews who were with Mary. They saw what Jesus did, and believed in him. But some went back to the Pharisees and told on Jesus. The high priests and Pharisees called a meeting of the Jewish ruling body. “What do we do now?” they asked. “This man keeps on doing things, creating God-signs. If we let him go on, pretty soon everyone will be believing in him and the Romans will come and remove what little power and privilege we still have.”
49-52 Then one of them—it was Caiaphas, the designated Chief Priest that year—spoke up, “Don’t you know anything? Can’t you see that it’s to our advantage that one man dies for the people rather than the whole nation be destroyed?” He didn’t say this of his own accord, but as Chief Priest that year he unwittingly prophesied that Jesus was about to die sacrificially for the nation, and not only for the nation but so that all God’s exile-scattered children might be gathered together into one people.
53-54 From that day on, they plotted to kill him. So Jesus no longer went out in public among the Jews. He withdrew into the country bordering the desert to a town called Ephraim and secluded himself there with his disciples.
55-56 The Jewish Passover was coming up. Crowds of people were making their way from the country up to Jerusalem to get themselves ready for the Feast. They were curious about Jesus. There was a lot of talk of him among those standing around in the Temple: “What do you think? Do you think he’ll show up at the Feast or not?”
57 Meanwhile, the high priests and Pharisees gave out the word that anyone getting wind of him should inform them. They were all set to arrest him.
The Jews and their false sense of power became part of the plan of God bring all people back to Himself, by the power of His Son sent as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus had all authority and power to lay down His life and pick it back up again. Jesus, our Savior, had the power to STAY on the cruel cross and not call on His angels to rescue Him. Jesus, our Lord, give us the power to tell others, not a timid power, but a bold power with the words to say and the actions to take at just the right time. THIS, my friends is real power. The Power of Jesus, the Christ! The Power of the Resurrection and the Life! Wow.
Dear Heavenly Father, We repent of those times when we think we have human power over anything. We believe in You, in Your Power. We cry out for Your wisdom, insight and understanding and when necessary, fill us with Your Holy Spirit’s power to act in Your time, in Your Spirit, by Your direction, in Your time. In Jesus Name, I believe, Amen.