“Go up to the feast yourselves; I do not go up to this feast because My time has not yet fully come” (John 7:8).
Like Jesus’ own brothers, we sometimes have enough religion to get us to church on Sundays, or certain holidays, but not enough faith to shape our lives during the week. A religion that occasionally goes to church/synagogue/mosque avoids a few vices, while condemning those who practice such things is a misleading pursuit down a dead-end street. These characteristics can be found among the professed followers of any world religion and are a fair representation of the very ones who killed Jesus; crying “Hosanna in the highest” one day, and “Crucify him” the next. Jesus died for more than this; that we can have a meaningful and vibrant faith, not a dead and purposeless religion.