John12.42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
This is a particularly interesting verse. Many of the people and even the leaders believed in Jesus as their Messiah, but they did not want to be put out of the Synagogue. The Synagogue was the center of social and financial life, yet the verse does not mention these two; it states that they liked their community standing.
In sharing the Gospel, I have noticed that those that have a certain standing have the hardest time in accepting the Gospel message. They have taken a vocal stand against the Gospel, they have chosen their friends and acquaintances accordingly, and they have raised their children outside of Christ such that they would have to go against all that their life stood for. Humility is a high enough hill, but pride is a mountain.
Published on Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 4:52 AM CDT