What Jesus Did! 'Pointing Out Evil' — John 7:6-9

Monday, May 21, 2018

Jesus said to his brothers, "The right time for me has not yet come. But any time is right for you {to go}. The world cannot hate you. But the world hates me. Why? Because I tell the people in the world that they do evil things. So you go to the festival. I will not go to the festival now. The right time for me has not yet come." After Jesus said this, he stayed in Galilee.
— John 7:6-9 NLT
Illustration of John 7:6-9 NLT —  Because I tell the people in the world that they do evil things.

Key Thought

So much is not said today because of the political correctness police. That's not said to give us an excuse for prejudicial or bigoted speech. Instead, refusing to call sin "Sin!" is my concern. Jesus didn't just leave happy and healed people in the wake of his ministry. Some of the folks he passed by will reappear later in the story crying, "Crucify him!" They didn't like it when he called their evil what it actually was. We must not either. Evil is still evil. Sin is still sin. And wrong is still wrong. Truth often makes us uncomfortable with our sin and hopefully will lead us to change. Unfortunately, many don't want to be brought to the light of the truth. Jesus was crucified for several key reasons, but we must realize that one of those reasons was simply this: many people, especially religious people, don't like being told they are sinners.

Today's Prayer

Father, please give me greater wisdom so that I can demonstrate your love with compassion while at the same time I stand up for your truth and righteousness. While I know others may not understand my faith, strengthen me through your Holy Spirit so that I will stand faithfully no matter how great the opposition and no matter how close to home that opposition might be. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:19-21
  • 1 Peter 4:2-5
  • 1 John 3:1-3


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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