December 1, 2017
Read: John 7:1-31
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Scripture- John 7:1-9 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do.4 No one who wants to become a public figure who acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. 6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. 8 You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee.
Observations- Jesus continues to do his thing in Galilee, but Jesus' brothers give him some career advice on going back to Judea for the Festival of Tabernacles. After all, if he is who he says he is and he wants to make it big, he can't go on doing these miracles in secret. Smells like sibling rivalry to me or sarcasm to say the least. The brothers advice comes off like a marketing strategy no matter the sneer of their voice. It was almost as if they were pushing Jesus to do a publicity stunt. Still, Jesus knowing this sat back and took it on the chin. He knows who he is and he follows his Father's will and direction.
Application- Ministries and churches now more than ever use publicity and marketing methods. In a sense, we kind of have to. Churches are dying and this post modern generation are just not attending. There is nothing wrong with letting the people know that churches are here, but the reality is banners, posters, commercials, billboards or other advertising tools will never truly define the Holy Spirit that is living in us. If and when they do come, what will they see? What will they feel? What will they experience to have them come back? Jesus said no to his brother's advice because he knew what lay ahead in Judea, and although he ended up going later, he listened for his Father's will.
When we go out in to our community to REACH people, pray about what we do, where we go and what we say. Until then let the Holy Spirit fill us and move us. If it is that strong, they will hear about it! They will come!
Prayer- God come and guide us to be a church where one day people will show up at our doors and say, " I've heard about this place. I hear Jesus lives here." Let our community know that our doors are open to the broken, the hot messes, the hypocrites....the sinners. It's what we do. But more importantly, it's what you do. Amen.
The Youth Dude
P. S. - Calling All Bakers! Family Promise needs people to bake beautiful holiday cookies for their Second Annual Christmas Cookie Sale and Silent Auction, Dec. 2 and 3 in the Boys and Girls Club. To help, contact Joyce Heaverin at or 813- 220-7949.
Calling all eaters of cookies! The cookies will be available for purchase this Saturday from 9am-3pm and Sunday from 10am-2pm in the Boys and Girls Club.