What a terrible thing it is for institutional religion for a prophet or faithful witness to appear in the power of God!

Again I look at John 11:45-48 (God’s Word): “Many Jews who had visited Mary and had seen what Jesus had done believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council. They asked, “What are we doing? This man is performing a lot of miracles. If we let him continue what he’s doing, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will take away our position and our nation.”


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Wow, Jesus raises Lazarus and the religious leaders plot to murder the One who can conquer death! Jesus taught with authority and was “performing a lot of miracles”. Did religious teachers rejoice at the power of God which showed the shallow and empty religion they taught? Just kidding! Did they convert? Well, some did, but many leaders remained secret agents for fear of being tossed out of the institution.

A couple of years ago I got tossed from one of those. After secret meetings a “hearing” was held. At the end of it the letter tossing me was read. What a farce! God had chosen that group of people for a special purpose, and they threw it out for the sake of some secret society power. I was never told what evil I had committed to garner such unchristian folly.

What they couldn’t grasp in the midst of their rush to exercise power rather than justice was that I was there at the command of God to aid in the calling God had placed on them. Of course, when they rejected their first love I was out of there anyway. As Jesus said, “I have this against you: The love you had at first is gone” (Revelation 2:4 God’s Word).

Do you rejoice when God works – through someone else! When miracles surround you and show that the Spirit enlists every Christian, do you plot to stop it because it will upset your routine?

I’m odd, I know, but when God works I cannot fathom that self-proclaimed religious people resist the evidence of God in their midst.

What a joy that people who follow a Catholic worship can heal. I praise God when liberal theology gets me thinking. I am grateful when conservative theology reminds me of what has gone before. And so on.

Jesus did irrefutable miracles, healing people, and even restoring life to the dead. The official response was to plot his death, through lies, trickery and a betrayal of love.

As God told St. Paul to tell us, “Be happy with those who are happy. Be sad with those who are sad. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be arrogant, but be friendly to humble people. Don’t think that you are smarter than you really are” (Romans 12:15-16 God’s Word).

The signs are everywhere, “Jesus at work”. So, are you in Christ’s construction zone, or your own demolition project?