Thought for The Day – Monday 22nd February

The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.

“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,

“‘From the lips of children and infants

you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”

And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

Matthew 21: 14 – 17

Jesus taught, performed miracles, and lived the very lifestyle that was prophesied for the Messiah. For 3 years his public ministry clearly demonstrated he was the one prophesied. Yet for every person who proclaimed him Messiah (even children) there were others who denied it. They seem to have come from groups who held some kind of power/influence and for whom Jesus was a threat to their position. Whether you were a Pharisee or Sadducee, Herodian or Chief Priest the more invested you were in existing power structures the more Jesus seemed a threat.

We should always be open to questioning if we are so invested in something we miss Jesus. That can be church or work or whatever.

Prayer: Father you tell us to keep our eyes on Jesus. Help me to hold onto things about my lightly but Jesus tightly; not the other way round.

Action: Think about all the way you exercise power/influence on others. Where is Jesus in that?

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