Today’s Reading: Mark 12:1-12
As I read this passage of Scripture it is easy for me to walk away from it feeling pretty good about myself. After all, with this parable, Jesus is directly indicting the religious leaders on how they treated the prophets that God had sent to them and how they would eventually treat Him. So God is dealing harshly with the bad people, which should make me feel good…because after all…I am one of the good people. Or am I?
As I read Scripture, I so often put myself in the role of the “good person” or the role of the person that Jesus points to as some sort of example. For instance, I am often Peter as he stepped out of the boat to walk on the water. I am Moses, as he led God’s people out of Egypt. Quite often I am Joseph, who even after being mistreated, holds on until the end trusting that God will come through. However, if God’s Word is going to have the greatest effect on my life, I must examine myself to see where I am in each story. For example, in the passage that we read today I must ask the question of myself, “How many times have I mistreated Jesus?” How many times have I behaved more like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day instead of the person that God wants me to be?
While this question may be a hard one for us to ask, it is necessary in order for us to grow spiritually. So as we continue on this road to Easter, let’s continue to ask the tough questions. Because just as Jesus exhibited in His life, we must continue to die daily so that resurrection can happen. Let’s not short-circuit the incredible process of resurrection that Jesus wants to bring about in us by pretending to be people who are always the hero in the story.