The chief priests and Pharisees were so fearful of losing position, perceived power and influence that the only solution they could fathom was to kill Jesus. They knew he was the Messiah, but they couldn’t fathom losing their power over the townspeople—that fear caused a domino effect that has continued to impact lives even today.
Can you relate? In what ways are you trying to hold onto your belief of control and power over self, someone, something, or someplace? What example have we ever read about where Jesus demonstrated that he was a control “freak”? What example can we find where his fear paralyzed him from following through on God’s plan? What example shows Jesus forcing people to do, say, or be anything? Did he not always seek volunteers?
So why are we the exact opposite?
Father please don’t let my fear get in the way of my blessings. I never want fear to stand between me and You. May I push past the flesh to fully embrace the Spirit. Strengthen me Father, fill me with the courage to face my fears and move forward anyway. In Jesus’ name. Amen.