“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
John 12:13, Psalm 118:25-26
Daily Devotional Series
Grace & Truth Day 12
Reading: John 12
Not to make light of the #MeToo movement which certainly has its merits, we have an even bigger problem that we all contribute to and I would call it #MeFirst. We had a rule in my house growing up that when there was one piece left of anything and two people wanted it, one person had to cut it and the other person got to pick. This ensured that the person cutting would do their best to be fair and equitable. But that wouldn’t stop the picker from carefully examining each piece to make sure that they picked the larger. Even in that, over microscopic differences, there would be a feeling of having won or lost. Truth be told, that attitude has been the downfall of our world.
We see that on full display in John 12. You have Jesus who is doing amazing, good, and pure things and it is obvious to so many. Yet there is Judas, stealing money from the treasury and who would later end his life over 30 silver coins. #MeFirst. You have leaders who believe but say nothing in fear of being kicked out of the synagogue because of the Pharisees, “for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.” (John 12:42) #MeFirst. Then you have the Pharisees. The bad ones. The poster children for #MeFirst.
Yet, Jesus still let Judas hang around. He spoke against the Pharisees but didn’t cast them away. He would still die for them whether they believed or not. He would still die. #NotMeFirst.
When you look at your life today, is there stuff you are struggling with? Are you saying #MeFirst? Are you fighting over a slice of cake that in the grand scheme means nothing? Jesus says to you, “Repent and believe the Good News!”