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DAY 39

— Read: John 18:28-40

It’s amazing what a difference one week can make.

Just seven days prior, Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. The crowds swarmed around Him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (John 12:13).

One week the people cry out, calling Jesus a king.

The next week the people cry out, calling for Him to be crucified.

Pilate said:

“‘You have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at the Passover. So, do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?’

They shouted back, ‘Not this man, but Barabbas!’ Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.”

Oh, the fickleness of people…

It’s easy — two thousand years later — to stand and point fingers. How could they change their minds so quickly? How could they shout their praises one week and shout their curses the next?

But then I must also ask myself: How often do I do the same?

When I think about the crowd of people who called for Jesus’ crucifixion, I am reminded of my own humanity. I am reminded of how much I need God’s grace and strength and wisdom to do what is right and good and true.

So today, as I read about the fickleness of the crowd, I simply come before the Lord and humbly ask Him to help me be steadfast.

This is my heart’s desire…that I live a steadfast faith in Christ, by His power in me.


 

— Diving Deeper —

In what ways have you observed the fickleness of your own heart?

Share in the comments…

 

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of Word Writers Bible studies. Editorial Coordinator for (in)courage. Host of Deeper Waters Retreat.

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