When we are confronted with the truth of the gospel we are confronted with a decision. Will I follow Jesus and submit to His Lordship or will I continue to live life as if I am lord and in control? Jesus not only threatens to take the control we cling to in our futility; He demands it be relented and destroyed if we are going to follow Him. This was the Pharisees greatest struggle. They were confronted with Jesus the Messiah and He threatened their power, their control, and their lordship. Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead and their response was not to recognize His divinity, or worship Him and submit to Him as they rightfully should have. Their response was to focus on what they should do so that their control would not be taken from them.
 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.  If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”
The Pharisees were not concerned at all for the people of their nation who were dead in their sins and who could be freed from that sin through Christ. They were worried about themselves and what they would lose in the temporal world they lived in; power, control, material wealth, status, etc. They were confronted with the truth of Jesus and His demand for Lordship and they were unwilling to accept it.
The gospel always demands a response. Initially, the gospel demands a response to accept or reject. Will we surrender the heart infected by sin to the only one who can heal it? Subsequently, when we are confronted with the gospel we must choose whether we will continually submit to the Lordship of Christ in our lives each day, or cling to our own power and control in a vain attempt be the lord of our own lives. It cannot be both ways, Jesus is either Lord of all or not at all. God uses Caiaphas, ironically, to point this out to the Pharisees in this passage:
 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all.  Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.”
What he is basically telling them is that they are fools to cling to their sin over clinging to Jesus for their salvation. Not only will it affect their lives, but the whole nation of people they’re leading astray. The same is true for us today. We are fools to cling to our own strength, power, control, desires, and temporal things in this world in an attempt to be lords of our lives, because there is only one Lord and His name is Jesus. When confronted with the gospel each day in our lives it should drive us to worship, submit, and follow.
As you consider the gospel today how will you respond?
Are their areas of your life that you’re still trying to keep the control and remain lord over?
Turn them over to Christ today and relinquish the throne of your heart that is rightfully His.
By: Matt Mofield