When you see your own futile efforts

John Bible Background

New Testament: John 12.19

To read the Bible in a year, read John 12.1–19 on May 31, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Before the Pharisees killed Jesus, they tried everything they could to stop Him and to keep people from following Him, but all their efforts were futile, and they knew it:

The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!”

– John 12.19

It was not just that a few people followed Jesus, but it seemed to them like everyone was following Him. They could see that all their efforts accomplished nothing.


  • Since the Pharisees failed in their efforts to keep people from following Jesus, what should they have done?
  • Why do you follow Jesus?

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