Promoting Someone Else (John 7:1-31)

“The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of  him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.”  John 6:28

Those of you who know me well know that the Andy Griffith Show is one of my all time favorite shows.  A particular episode comes to mind.  In this episode Barney runs for sheriff against Andy.  The show climaxes as Barney gives a speech in which he condemns Andy.  But as Andy speaks Barney realizes how awesome Andy really is as a sheriff and how wrong he is.  Barney stands and proclaims to the crowd, “I am supporting Andy!”

Question, “in light of John chapter seven, who are you supporting?”  By John 7 the ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is in the fish bowl of men’s opinions.  2 examples are before us:

1.  His brothers sought for Jesus to take glory to himself, Vs: 3-4

2.  His brethren (Countrymen) struggled with whether Jesus was God or a hoax, Vs: 5-13

In these moments we are challenged by the example of Jesus.  Notice what Jesus does:

1.  He seeks to glorify His father, Vs: 17-18

I stand amazed at the teaching and the true judgments of Jesus.  Here is one who is pointing people to His Father and here is one who paid the price for our freedom before the Father.

2.  He is seeking to gain only the glory of his father, Vs: 19-31

Jesus always lifted up his father because he knew everything about his father.  Herein lies our greatest problem.  You and I spend so much time consumed with self-absorption and self-advancement that we fail to see our Savior.  But as we see the Savior, the more and more we want to serve our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

This day I offer you a challenge, “Spend this day only focusing on discovering all you can about Jesus.”  At the end of the day you will have a fresh and glorious view of our Great God!”  You will proclaim with Barney, “I am supporting _____.” But it will be Jesus instead of Andy.

For further reading consider Revelation 4-5.  

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