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Saturday, April 15, 2000

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Ezekiel 37:21-28
Jeremiah 31:10-13
John 11:45-57

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"If we let Him go on like this, the whole world will believe in Him." —John 11:48

The chief priests, the Pharisees, and the Sanhedrin were led by Caiaphas, the high priest, to believe that they had to put Jesus to death (Jn 11:50). Otherwise, the Romans would be threatened by Jesus' popularity, and they would sweep away the Jewish sanctuary and nation (Jn 11:48). Forty years after they had killed Jesus to solve their problem, the Romans swept away their sanctuary and nation.

When we sin by rejecting Jesus to gain or avoid something, we will find that "the wages of sin is death" (Rm 6:23). When we sin to get more pleasure, we may get sick or even damn ourselves. When we sin to avoid taking up our crosses, we find ourselves feeling cross, lost, and empty. Jesus said: "Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. What profit does he show who gains the whole world and destroys himself in the process?" (Lk 9:24-25)

Therefore, let us not reject Jesus. Rather, let us reject anything that leads us away from Him. May each of us say: "Those things I used to consider gain I have now reappraised as loss in the light of Christ. I have come to rate all as loss in the light of the surpassing knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ. For His sake I have forfeited everything; I have accounted all else rubbish so that Christ may be my Wealth" (Phil 3:7-8). Don't crucify Jesus (see Heb 6:6); be crucified with Jesus (Gal 2:19).

Prayer:  Jesus, the only Way (Jn 14:6), have Your way in my life.

Promise:  "The nations shall know that it is I, the Lord, Who make Israel holy, when My sanctuary shall be set up among them forever." —Ez 37:28

Praise:  Because another Christian cared enough to lovingly speak the truth, Rhonda repented of living with her boyfriend.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, October 4, 1999

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 12, 1999