The Jewish leaders answered, "Are you from Galilee too? Study the Scriptures. You will learn that no prophet comes from Galilee." [The oldest and best Greek copies of John do not have verses 7:53-8:11]
— John 7:52 NLT
One person against a group seldom wins the short-term battle. If the group is wrong with its information, it will be wrong in its conclusion no matter how many people stand up and speak in support of that conclusion. Rather than trying to deal with the truth of Nicodemus' statement, the rulers of Israel use a slur against Galileans and their wrong information about Jesus' city of origin to shame Nicodemus. However, Nicodemus was right and they were wrong. Nicodemus was a seeker and they were satisfied. Nicodemus stood for truth and they wanted to stay comfortable. We must always put our conclusions up to the test of truth. Simply because a lot of other folks agree with us does not make it right. Perhaps it even ought to make us a little bit suspicious. When Jesus enters into a situation, he nearly always shakes up the status quo and tears down the sacred cows. Let's NOT be like the religious hypocrites of Jesus' day who loved their positions, their teachings, and their cronies more than they loved the truth and the one who embodied that truth.
Father, forgive me for the times that I have shut my heart to the radical truth of your righteousness, justice, and mercy because I found myself comfortable with my own religious position. Please keep alive in me the heart of a seeker—a truth-seeker, a people-seeker, a Jesus-seeker. Conform me to be more like Jesus and less like the religious hypocrites of Jesus' day. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Matthew 7:7-14
- Matthew 26:69-75
- Matthew 4:12-16
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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