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I Could Never Do That! - John 12:9-11

Many of the Jews heard that Jesus was in Bethany. So they went there to see Jesus. They also went there to see Lazarus. Lazarus was the one Jesus raised from death. So the leading priests made plans to kill Lazarus too. Because of Lazarus, many Jews were leaving {their leaders} and believing in Jesus. That is why the Jewish leaders wanted to kill Lazarus too. (ERV) Full Text

Key Thought

How could a religious movement intent on doing good become murderous and treacherous? Over the centuries, there have been many atrocities committed in the name of religion. (There have also been many atrocities committed against religious people. Some of the worst atrocities by far were committed by the atheist Stalin who murdered tens of millions of his own Russian people and by the Nazis who killed millions of Jews in Europe.) The hatred aimed at Jesus boils over against Lazarus. This hatred is a sad reminder of what happens when people no longer pursue the will of God and settle for the preservation of their religion. This is a sobering warning. When we have to find creative ways to justify how we could do something ungodly to one of God's children, we need to scrutinize our actions very carefully. God's two great commands to us still apply: Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself.


Today's Prayer

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Holy and righteous God, fill me with your Spirit and your wisdom. I do not want to ever push away someone who is searching for your will or harm anyone who is seeking you no matter how much I might not understand them or agree with them. In Jesus' name I ask for your wisdom. Amen.


Today's Verses in Context


Six days before the Passover festival, Jesus went to Bethany. Bethany is the town where Lazarus lived. (Lazarus is the man Jesus raised from death.) In Bethany they had a dinner for Jesus. Martha served the food. Lazarus was one of the people eating with Jesus. Mary brought in a pint of very expensive perfume made from pure nard. Mary poured the perfume on Jesus' feet. Then she wiped his feet with her hair. And the sweet smell from the perfume filled the whole house. Judas Iscariot was there. Judas was one of Jesus' followers. (He was the one that would later be against Jesus.) {Judas did not like what Mary did.} Judas said, "That perfume was worth 300 silver coins. It should have been sold, and the money should have been given to the poor people." But Judas did not really care about poor people. Judas said this because he was a thief. Judas was the one that kept the money box {for the group of followers}. And Judas often stole money from the box. Jesus answered, "Don't stop her. It was right for her to save this perfume for today—the day for me to be prepared for burial. The poor people will always be with you. But you will not always have me." Many of the Jews heard that Jesus was in Bethany. So they went there to see Jesus. They also went there to see Lazarus. Lazarus was the one Jesus raised from death. So the leading priests made plans to kill Lazarus too. Because of Lazarus, many Jews were leaving {their leaders} and believing in Jesus. That is why the Jewish leaders wanted to kill Lazarus too. The next day the people in Jerusalem heard that Jesus was coming there. These were the many people that had come to the Passover festival. The people took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Jesus. The people shouted, "'Praise Him! Welcome! God bless the One that comes in the name of the Lord!' God bless the King of Israel!" Jesus found a donkey and rode on it. This was like the Scripture says: "Do not be afraid, city of Zion ! Look! Your king is coming. He isriding on a young donkey." The followers of Jesus did not understand at that time what was happening. But after Jesus was raised to glory, they understood that these things were written about him. Then the followers remembered that they had done these things for him. There were many people with Jesus when he raised Lazarus from death and told him to come out of the tomb. Now those people were telling other people about what Jesus did. Many people went out to meet Jesus, because they heard that Jesus did this miracle. So the Pharisees said to each other, "Look! Our plan is not working. All the people are following him!"

John 12:1-19 (ERV)

 

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God clothes the grass in the field like that. That grass is living today, but tomorrow it will be thrown into the fire to be burned. So you know that God will clothe you much more. Don't have so little faith! So don't always think about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don't worry about it. All the people that don't know God try to get those things. Your Father (God) knows that you need those things. The thing you should want is God's kingdom. Then all these other things you need will be given to you.Luke 12:28-31 (ERV)

"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those people that do bad things to you. If you do this, then you will be true sons of your Father in heaven. Your Father lets the sun rise for the good people and the bad people. Your Father sends rain to people that do good and to people that do wrong. If you love only the people that love you, then you will get no reward. Even the tax collectors do that. And if you are nice only to your friends, then you are no better than other people. Even the people without God are nice to their friends. So you must be perfect, the same as your Father in heaven is perfect.Matthew 5:43-48 (ERV)

If a person says, "I love God," but that person hates his brother or sister {in Christ}, then that person is a liar. That person can see his brother, but he hates him. So that person cannot love God, because he has never seen God! And he (God) gave us this command: The person who loves God must also love his brothers and sisters {in Christ}.1 John 4:20-21 (ERV)

 

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