The religious leaders that pressed for Jesus’ arrest and eventual crucifixion, did it out of envy. It says in Mark 15:10, “For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.”
Jesus was a popular figure. He was getting the attention of the people. His teachings were fresh and life-giving.
In this day of large churches and charismatic leaders and speakers, does envy exist for Jesus or for those personalities? What I mean, is that we may be in danger of receiving the acclaim that is meant for Jesus. Now, I know that many times people will put preachers on pedestals, and sometimes they can’t change that. But how do we live, talk and preach in such a way that people will focus on Jesus and not us? How do we make Jesus famous and not ourselves?
I was talking with a couple guys after church at the south campus yesterday. One of them said something about how we have “owned” the Spirit. That we have manipulated the things of God to get a certain response. And often we do something like this to make ourselves look more spiritual. Rather than constantly making Jesus famous, we let the accolades come to ourselves and our ministries.
One pastor friend of mine told me once, “Always end your message with Jesus.” The idea was that, regardless of what topic or scripture you are focusing on, always come back to the author of it all.
A life that gives glory to Christ will make Jesus famous.