What Jesus Did! 'I Could Never Do That!' — John 12:9-11

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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.
— John 12:9-11 NLT
Illustration of John 12:9-11 NLT —  That is why the Jewish leaders wanted to kill Lazarus too.

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

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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 12:28-31
  • Matthew 5:43-48
  • 1 John 4:20-21


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.