Monday, April 6, 2015
Beware of Buzzards!
John 19:24 – “So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.”
Buzzards are creatures that survive off of someone else’s demise; if nothing dies, they don’t eat. They won’t kill anything to eat. They have mastered the skill of finding other creatures that are injured and wait patiently for them to succumb to their injuries then swoop down to enjoy the feast. Jesus, in our text, is surrounded by people who could not kill Him without His voluntary cooperation and when it appears He’s finished they, like the Buzzard, swooped down to consume His resources, gambling to see who should get them.
Some people in our lives can be broken in a way that causes them to take on buzzard-like characteristics. They will not kill you themselves but when they sense you are vulnerable or injured they hover around in hopes of your downfall. Sometimes the benefits they receive is to be able to say, “I told you so,” or just see you go down or maybe they have hopes of replacing you on a job or perhaps they think they will enjoy a more meaningful position in your life because you will need them more. It could also be that there is a financial component to it. Whatever the perceived benefit, there will be those in our lives who can’t wait to see us fail. The Bible says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.” This group failed to execute the application correctly and so they mourn when they should rejoice and rejoice when they should mourn.
Jesus teaches us what to do when we find ourselves in “Buzzard-ville.” While they gambled for His clothes, He focused on the needs of others around Him. His absence would undoubtedly leave His mother without a son to care for her. Therefore, looking down from the cross, in the presence of His mother and His disciples, He says, “Woman, behold your son” (John 19:26). What might He do for His disciples who would no longer enjoy His physical company? He gave them the precious gift of sharing His very own mother with them. He says to His disciples, “Behold, your mother.” What a great honor to be given the responsibility of care for the mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Dear friend, while you may have a few “Buzzards” around you, there are others who will benefit from your discerning input and direction so don’t get distract by the Buzzards; focus on the others and ask God to reveal to you how you might be of benefit to Him in interaction with them.