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Choosing Who You Follow

“After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death. But they said, ‘Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people.’ ” Mark 14:1-2

One year when I was in boarding academy I had a roommate that, from time to time, some of the other guys in the dorm took pleasure in picking on. Now I had a rule. No one fights in my room. Things get broken and I can’t afford it. On top of that, I don’t like bullying.

Well, one evening, shortly before study hall, my roommate and I were quietly working in our room. My desk was positioned closest to the door and his was just about as far from the door as it could get. Our door was standing open and out in the hall we could hear three guys horsing around getting rowdier by the minute. I distinctly remember the moment when they went from rough housing with each other to deciding it would be more fun to give my much smaller roommate a hard time. One of them called my roommates name and in seconds they were crowding our doorway.

“Don’t look for him here.” Were the only words I said. I didn’t say them loudly but I did say them firmly and they stopped those three in their tracks. They didn’t have to look for my roommate. He could be clearly seen sitting in his chair, trying to be invisible; but they got my message. I was not going to allow them to pick on my roommate and they quietly walked away.

Most people are looking for leadership. Those few that aren’t are usually looking to be the leaders.

In our focus text, Jesus’ enemies recognize that the people are looking to Jesus. Without claiming any title, other than Rabbi, he has succeeded in winning the hearts of many in the country. Yet, the Jewish leaders also have influence and they carefully leverage it to destroy him.

Like most people, you and I are looking for a leader. Let’s be very careful about the leaders we follow. If we’re not we’ll end up warring against Jesus too.

1 thought on “Choosing Who You Follow”

  1. Dear Pastor,

    I wish you had been my son’s roommate in college!

    He was blamed for serious things he didn’t do. He was in an all boys dorm in a Christian college, with room checks at night, yet many of the young men did many bad things. No one stood up for my son and he didn’t ask me for help. It still hurts him today. Funny thing is, when he was younger and attended church, the same things happened! He was blamed for bad things the other boys did at church!! And again, I learned much later and after the fact. Even though these things happened, my son had values to be good and kind and didn’t retaliate. His favorite Bible verse was Micah 6:8.

    It makes a huge difference in life when someone stands up for someone else who could get hurt emotionally or physically. It takes much courage to stand up for someone else and I am glad Pastor, that you helped out your roommate.

    Your advice is so important for anyone living today, “Let’s be very careful about the leaders we follow.” Even if we suffer, it is better to follow Jesus.

    Thank you so much for sharing your personal experiences and tying them into Scripture lessons.

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