Unbelief and Fear of People

Feb 16, 2024 | Growing in God's Grace

“Yet at the same time, many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees,
they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue.
For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.”
John 12:42-43


In the book of John we learn of the many miracles Jesus performed. Many people believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior and LORD. Others did not hear, did not understand, and therefore did not listen. Their hearts were hard as stone.

We also learn many leaders believed in Jesus, but they wouldn’t step out in faith and give Jesus their all.

They believed God in their heart, but would not take action when they had to count the cost.

For the Pharisee leaders the cost was great. They would have gotten expelled from their church. The only church they’d ever known, their synagogue.

At this point in the story I always wonder how would I have reacted?

Would I have succumbed to the fear of man and fearing my security chosen safety over Jesus?

Do you think about what you might have done?

To deny Jesus for our own skins would be betrayal. Are we like Peter? Impulsive and afraid?

Would we have the stamina as the Apostle Paul to give our lives for the sake of the gospel?

Our ardent prayers should be that we never deny our Jesus. We need to pray for this very often. It will only be God’s grace that gives us the power to say yes to God and say no to man.

We can practise this here and now. Do we bow to the whims of people?

Today let’s act on fearing God and not man.

We will sometimes upset people with our “no” but what are we afraid of their disapproval?

What is the worst thing that has ever happened to us in response to standing up for what is right, for Jesus’ cause?

A few days ago, I studied John 9, the story of Jesus healing a blind man. He was blind since birth. The Pharisees hounded this young man relentlessly with questions about Jesus. They also harassed his parents by plaguing them with questions! The young man followed Jesus. He got kicked out of the Synagogue because of his decision.

Think of that. The only public worship this young man had ever known was in that synagogue! His parents avoided the questions asking the Pharisees to speak to their son, who was an adult, able to answer for himself.

So we learn from this example to never cling to the things of this world too tightly, but cling to Jesus Christ with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind.

Count the cost, though. I will too.

Perhaps you need, as I surely do, to ask Jesus daily, to help you stay loyal to Him regardless of the cost, until our dying day.

That is the day we will worship in the largest communal worship space ever. Imagine we will have no fear of people trying to deter us ever again. As Christ’s followers we will worship Jesus with the thousands upon thousands of angels and followers of all time. We will sing and sing and sing.

Count the cost, but also believe our debt has been paid in full. No outstanding balances.

Forever free.










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