Salutations. I’m reading through most of the New Testament, chapter by chapter, and logging some of my thoughts here in my journal. I continue this study, looking at the message of Salvation and John the Baptist’s Testamony. I highly encourage you to read God’s Word for yourself and share your thoughts!
Our first story today, Lazarus raised from the dead, teaches a number of lessons. Jesus states “It is for God’s Glory,” showing that even in death, we may glorify God. He did not leave for two more days so there would be no doubt regarding Lazarus’s death. He then went to Judea, where he could face much danger, according the dialogue. My favorite verse, 25, reads, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” Of course, later with a command, Lazarus came forth, showing that Jesus has power over life and death.
Later, we read about Caiaphas, who spoke to have Jesus killed. The Bible shows that his motivation lied in the fact that earlier, he prophesied that Jesus would died. He hoped to take steps to insure that this would take place in a timely manner. How many “prophets” have we seen, even in the last few hundred years, who have attempted the same thing?
Mary takes expensive purfume and pours it on Jesus feet, wiping it with her hair. I love this illustration. It shows Mary’s love for Jesus. When questioned about how the money should be spent on the poor, Jesus rebukes the disciple. I believe we should be careful criticizing how others choose to worship God.
When Jesus came to Jerusalem, the Israelites laid out palm leaves for him. The disciples did not understand why, until later they found that prophecy dictated that this would take place. Jesus live fulfilled so many scriptures, so that anyone who searches them (in the Old Testament) would be able to compare it to His life and easily see that Jesus fulfilled all of them.
Jesus explains that to gain eternal life, we must lose this life for His sake. This, in turn, produces many seeds. Knowing He would die, he made it clear that he would not pray to be spared, for He knew it was the Father’s will. I especially like the term, “Children of the Light” that he gives to those who believe.
The passage goes on to explain, using Isaiah, that despite the signs and wonders He did, many would not believe because God closed their eyes and hardened their hearts. There are numerous times in the Bible that it demonstrates that we believe only when He calls us and opens our eyes. God is soverign.