• Marcy Fleurima

2021_12_17 Insight Post- Marcy Fleurima

This week's reading- John 17-18

The time has come for Jesus to fulfill all the prophetic words given to the Old Testament prophets. He knows what is about to happen and he spends time with his Father and he prays for himself, his disciples, and future believers like you and me. Within those prayers we can find so many treasures to follow that will enhance our walk with God. Nothing better than reading prayers straight from Jesus’ mouth!

After spending time in prayer and fellowship with his Father, Jesus was found by Judas and was then betrayed, arrested, denied (by Peter), beaten, and handed over for many questions by the government and high priests. He knew exactly what was about to take place. What struck me was John 18:28, “Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They did not enter the headquarters themselves; otherwise they would be defiled and unable to eat the Passover.” SO, these Jewish leaders, priests, and other officials would not enter the headquarters as they would not be considered “clean enough” to participate in the Passover celebrations if they interacted and mingled with non-Jewish people. However, they had no problem handing over an innocent man to be judged, ridiculed, beaten, and ultimately crucified. They let their pride, jealousy, and desire for power take place over humility and humanity. Yet, they were more loyal to their tradition than the very Lord they spent years learning about. They missed Him.

We are a week away from Christmas and while traditions are fun and comfortable, let’s not miss Him. Let’s not miss opportunities to show humility and humanity to those around us, not just around the holidays, but anytime. We are surrounded by people who are hurting, lonely, afraid, anxious, worried, cold, hungry, etc. Ask God to give you discernment on what people are really experiencing right now. He’ll answer. Let’s not make it all about us anymore. Let’s not judge, ridicule, betray, and cause all kinds of raucous just to stop short long enough to head to church and appear to be holy and have it all together. It’s not worth it. Jesus is the ultimate example for us and I pray we would each take time to know him and believe him. May our loyalty be to him alone. Then we can truly be his voice, his hands, and his feet to those all around us. People will know we are one of his disciples if we love one another (John 13:35). There’s no better gift than to show Jesus to others.

Marcy Fleurima

Prayer Team