- 6 days before the Passover, Jesus returns to Lazarus, Martha, and Mary’s house for a feast. Martha served, Lazarus enjoyed the meal, and Mary anointed Jesus with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair.
- Judas was disagreed with what she did and said she should have sold it and given the money to the poor. However, his heart was not for the poor but for the money. As the group’s money-keeper, he had a habit of treating himself with the group’s funds.
- Jesus tells Judas to leave her alone, for the poor will always be around but Jesus would not.
- A large crowd gathered to see Jesus and Lazarus, who had been raised from the dead. The religious leaders started to plot to kill Lazarus, because many people heard his testimony and believed in Jesus because He had raised him from the dead.
- The next day, Jesus enters Jerusalem and a large crowd of people worship and celebrate His arrival. He rode in on a donkey’s colt to fulfill prophecy about Him, but His disciples did not recognize the significance of the event until after the resurrection.
- The word spread more and more about Jesus and the Pharisees grew more frustrated that everyone was turning to Him.
- Some Greeks were in Jerusalem at the time and came to see Jesus. While they were there, Jesus began to teach about His coming death.
- In order for a seed to produce more seeds, it must fall to the ground and die. In the same way Jesus had to die so more seeds would grow.
- If a man loves his life he will lose it. If a man hates his life he will keep it for eternal life. In order to serve Jesus, one must follow Jesus. If they are with Him, the Father will honor them.
- Even though Jesus’ heart was troubled, He did not ask the Father to remove Him from death, but instead asked that He would be glorified. To which the Father spoke from heaven saying “I have glorified it and I will glorify it again”.
- The crowd heard the voice from heaven and some thought it was an angel while others thought it had merely thundered.
- Jesus explains that the voice was for their benefit, not His. The time had come to judge the world and remove the prince from power. Jesus would draw all men to Himself.
- The crowd knew that the Son of Man would reign forever, so they were confused at Jesus’ words that He would be lifted up. Jesus tells them to put their trust in the light while it is with them, for darkness is coming. If they trust in the light, they will be sons of the light.
- Their disbelief and confusion was to fulfill the prophecies of Isaiah, that people would see and hear, but not understand.
- Many believed, but would not confess their belief for fear of the religious leaders. They found the praise of man worth more than the praise of God.
- Jesus did not judge those who heard and did not act, but judgment was reserved for those who rejected Jesus’ testimony.
- Jesus knew He was from God and only spoke what was told to Him, He had a clear conscience about the teaching and answers He gave.
In order to serve Jesus, you have to follow Jesus. A lot of times I can be serving, but my heart is not in the right place or I haven’t been following Jesus as closely as I’d like. Now God can still use me, but I believe it’s not to the fullest potential. When my heart is right before God and I am following Him closely, I see what it means to serve Jesus by first following Him.
Holy Spirit, day by day I need to be walking with you. You give me the strength and conviction to follow Jesus. As I follow, would you open my eyes to the opportunities to serve in the name of Jesus, so I might be glory to your name? Thank you for calling me into your glorious light, amen.
Posted on Fri, November 6, 2015
by Brian Landers