My son and I have been reading the book of John each morning and something really stuck out to me. It is :
John 12 vs. 42-43 " Yet at the same time many, even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more then praise from God."
I have read the book of John many times, but for some reason I never noticed this little gem. Lets think about this for a minute, the leaders wanted to believe in Jesus. They new all the things he had done, and they actually went to that particular passover feast to see Lazarus who Jesus had raised from the dead. Sitting under the teachings of Jesus, they honestly wanted to believe but because of fear of the Pharisees (the teachers of the law) they refrained.
Can you imagine?? Finding the One and yet not following Him because of fear of man?
What would of happened if they did follow Him? They would of been put out of the synagogue. Basically they would of been tossed out to their place of worship. Wow!!
Instead of following Jesus they followed men.
Because they desired the praises of men more then the praise of God, they missed out.
How many times do we miss out on the things of God because we fear what others will say?