Week 14 Recap: Days 79-84

Devotion by: David Wildes

In every passage of this week’s devotions, we encountered someone who missed the mark:

● On Monday, the high priest initiated the plot to kill Jesus.

● On Tuesday, Jesus healed lepers because the priests were not able (or willing).

● On Wednesday, the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus with a question.

● On Thursday, a Pharisee prayed a self-righteous prayer that was rejected by God.

● On Friday, the disciples tried to keep the children from Jesus.

● On Saturday, a young man could not sacrifice his great wealth to follow Jesus.

In each of these instances, the persons involved thought they were doing what God wanted them to do. The priests, Pharisees and the young man all wanted to follow God’s laws and commandments in order to please Him. The disciples were merely following appropriate social customs when they denied the children a chance to interact with Jesus.

All of these people aimed to live a life pleasing to God. Yet, even in the presence of Jesus, they couldn’t see Jesus and understand who He really was! In their own way, they elevated law, ritual, tradition, and customs over a loving relationship with Jesus. And Jesus desires that loving relationship to permeate our other relationships as well. Jesus says, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35).

As we spend these 20 weeks with Jesus, let’s not forget the basics that He taught:

● Love over laws

● Relationships over rituals

● Truth over traditions

● Caring over customs

Jessica Spivey