Edwin M. Temple
Brooke L. Wright
Church Office Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
“No good deed goes unpunished, but keep doing good deeds anyway.”
“ Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did (raising Lazarus) believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what he had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council, and said, “What are we to do? This man is performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him... So from that day on they planned to put him to death.” John 11:45-48a, 53, NRSV
Jesus never allowed human opinion or the possibility of personal harm (or even death) to stand in His way of doing good. His decision to raise Lazarus from the dead was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Jewish leaders and ultimately led to Jesus’ death. Surely, Jesus was aware that His actions would lead to this outcome.
Yet, He never hesitated for a moment to do what was right. If only we could be like that!
Unfortunately, we weigh and consider every word and deed because we’re worried about what people might think about us, say about us, or do to us. How un-Christ-like! As Lent draws to a close, let’s pause to consider how the world around us might be different if we made decisions according to Christian principles instead of public opinion and fear.
I’ll see you in church Sunday! ~ Ed