The Me First Pharisees

And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.  And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.  Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.  Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.  But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.  Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we?  for this man doeth many miracles.  If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

John 11:43-48

Jesus had just raised a man from the dead.  He did that in addition to the many other miracles He performed.  But raising the dead back to life, healing the sick, making the blind see and the deaf hear was not enough for some people: namely, the Pharisees.

After hearing of Jesus raising a man from the dead, here is what they had to say: “If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him (wouldn’t that be great!): and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.”  The Pharisees were worried about their “place and nation.”  They were the “leaders” of the nation of Israel.  They had a pretty good thing going and they didn’t want anybody to rock the boat.  Even if that meant people being helped and healed, they didn’t want anything that would threaten their way of life.

Let us guard our hearts against this attitude!  Let us never get so comfortable in our own little worlds that we would rather things just stay the way they are, even if that means people not getting the help they need.  Let us make sure that keep Jesus and others before our own selfish interests!

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