Saturday 31 January, 2015

John 13:12-20

12 When Jesus finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes. Then he returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord.’ You are right. That is what I am. 14 I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have given you an example. You should do as I have done for you. 16 What I’m about to tell you is true. A slave is not more important than his master. And a messenger is not more important than the one who sends him. 17 Now you know these things. So you will be blessed if you do them. 18 “I am not talking about all of you. I know the ones I have chosen. But this will happen so that this passage of Scripture will come true. It says, ‘The one who shared my bread has turned against me.’ (Psalm 41:9) 19 “I am telling you now, before it happens. When it does happen, you will believe that I am who I am. 20 What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who accepts someone I send accepts me. And anyone who accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”

John continues to write about Jesus washing the disciples feet – in this passage he tells them why he’s done it. He is giving the disciples (& us) a new leadership blue-print. To serve those we lead not dominate, control or be tyrants.

I think it’s interesting that John is the only Gospel writer to include this event, especially since we are told in Mark 10:35-45 that he and his brother James asked Jesus for positions of dominance & rulership in His glory! John is writing this gospel late in his life, I think he got the message, understood it & lived this teaching of Jesus on servant leadership. Verse 17 is the one that has hit me – “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”

John wouldn’t have included this event, if he hadn’t lived it! There were too many to say, “you didn’t lead like this”. What do people say about my leadership? Am I practicing Jesus’ example of serving?

Lord Jesus, your example of servant leadership is easier to read about than to practice, it is so opposite the ‘worlds’ expectations & even our natural inclinations, but it is what everyone longs for. Holy Spirit continue to challenge & change my heart to love and serve others so much more. Amen

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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Friday 30 January, 2015

John 13:1-11

13 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world. It was time for him to go to the Father. Jesus loved his disciples who were in the world. So he now loved them to the very end. 2 They were having their evening meal. The devil had already tempted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. He had urged Judas to hand Jesus over to his enemies. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put everything under his power. He also knew he had come from God and was returning to God. 4 So he got up from the meal and took off his outer clothes. He wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a large bowl. Then he began to wash his disciples’ feet. He dried them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter. “Lord,” Peter said to him, “are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You don’t realize now what I am doing. But later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter. “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you can’t share life with me.” 9 “Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet! Wash my hands and my head too!” 10 Jesus answered, “People who have had a bath need to wash only their feet. The rest of their body is clean. And you are clean. But not all of you are.” 11 Jesus knew who was going to hand him over to his enemies. That was why he said not every one was clean.

One of the last things Jesus did for his disciples prior to his death was to wash their feet. It must have been important. Peter was uncomfortable with Jesus washing his feet and initially wants no part of it until Jesus explains that only the washed belong to him. Peter instantly wants his whole body washed! Jesus also alludes to the fact that one of his disciples will betray him.

The picture of Jesus washing his disciples feet is a very moving one. He removes all signs of royalty by doing a servant’s job. Off comes the robe, on goes the towel around the waist and he gets on with both a personal and dirty job. Why was Jesus able to serve in this manner so readily?

Jesus knew who he was from his relationship with God and that he would soon return to his Heavenly Father. This so encourages me to know God better so that I’m comfortable doing whatever God asks of me.

I can relate to Peter, not sure I would want Jesus up so close and personal with my smelly feet. I do love how Jesus is prepared to get his hands dirty. He does not delegate this task and can’t really as it’s about being cleansed from sin and only a saviour can do that. We do need to allow Jesus to wash us from sin on an ongoing basis. None of the disciples said, “Oh I’m good Lord, my feet aren’t dirty.” No point, Jesus was right there and could see for himself and it’s no different for us.

Dear God, thank you for the servant hood of Jesus. Please help me to become more like him amen.

Written by Ainslie Woods

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  1. David Newton says:

    I always thought washing a person’s car was the modern equivalent but it does not have that intimate aspect to it!

    • Justin Ware says:

      There are 2 things about foot washing that would probably have been very different in Jesus’ day as I understand it.
      1) the dirtyness: people always wore sandals, nobody apart from royalty had anything other than dirt floor in their homes, there was no sewerage system to take human waste away from the street etc etc. Yuk!
      2) Culture: to this day, in many middle eastern cultures, to show someone the bottom of your feet is a highly offensive act that says “you are so far beneath me my dirty feet are higher than your head.”
      Lord may I humble myself fully as I seek to lead.

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Thursday 29 January, 2015

John 12:44-50

44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only. They also believe in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me sees the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world to be its light. So no one who believes in me will stay in darkness. 47 “I don’t judge a person who hears my words but does not obey them. I didn’t come to judge the world. I came to save the world. 48 But there is a judge for anyone who does not accept me and my words. These words I have spoken will judge them on the last day. 49 I did not speak on my own. The Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have said. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So everything I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

I love the image of God as light – and here Jesus is telling, actually “shouting” to the crowds that He has come as a light to shine in this dark world – so that all who put their trust in Him (Jesus) will no longer remain in the dark.

In the thunderstorms we had in November we lost power at our house a couple of times and as soon as we lost power we lost light. Light is something I take for granted till it isn’t there. Till you hit the light switch and nothing happens. Darkness takes away so much – you can’t see your surroundings, its hard to figure out which way to go and there’s a niggling sense that there is something unpleasant in the darkness you just can’t see.

When the power is restored – and the lights come back on – it makes me feel safe. I know where I am, I can find my way easily and I can see who is alongside me.

How amazing to know that Jesus has come to be a light – to shine in this dark world – so we can see, so we can know where we are and who is with us and how to get where we need to go – all this Jesus has done and is doing for us. Each day lighting our way as we trust in Him.

Lord I love the light you bring into my life. David wrote Psalm 119:105

“ Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Thank you.

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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Wednesday 28 January, 2015

John 12:36b-43

When Jesus had finished speaking, he left and hid from them. 37 Jesus had performed so many signs in front of them. But they still would not believe in him. 38 This happened as Isaiah the prophet had said it would. He had said, “Lord, who has believed what we’ve been saying? Who has seen the Lord’s saving power?” (Isaiah 53:1) 39 For this reason, they could not believe. As Isaiah says in another place, 40 “The Lord has blinded their eyes. He has closed their minds. So they can’t see with their eyes. They can’t understand with their minds. They can’t turn to the Lord. If they could, he would heal them.” (Isaiah 6:10) 41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him. 42 At the same time that Jesus did those signs, many of the Jewish leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees, they would not openly admit they believed. They were afraid they would be thrown out of the synagogue. 43 They loved praise from people more than praise from God.

There are two types of people in this passage. The first are the people that just will not believe in Jesus despite the miracles they see. Jesus heals them or raises a family member from the dead and they still have no faith. Unbelievable!

The other group are those that really do believe but are scared of what people will say. They are Closet Christians. Jesus heals them or raises a family member from the dead, they’re thankful and believe, but keep it quiet so people don’t think you’re weird or a fanatic. What a tragedy that their selfishness will mean others miss out on meeting Jesus.

I don’t want to treat Jesus this way but I all too often do. He gave me so much. Why do I give Him so little?

Lord, please forgive me for being a closet Christian and sometimes even treating you with complete unbelief despite all you’ve done for me. Please help me turn my life around and decide to live full-on for you.   Amen

Written by Boudy van Noppen

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  1. Justin Ware says:

    What stands out to me here is that John in his writing, is able to connect up the scriptures from Isaiah that he had committed to memory, with the reality of what he was observing at the time.

    For me, it is vitally important that I do the same 2 things: know the scriptures and have them written on my heart and in my head, but not only this! If I know Scripture but don’t apply it to my current context and situation, then I become pharisaical and from experience this leads me to become rule bound and legalistic.

    It is only when I both KNOW and APPLY the scriptures through REGULAR reading AND reflection that I can repent of not only sin but also my religiosity and slowly then become more like Christ.

    Lord, help me to be a man of your word so that it can truly change me from the inside out.

  2. Richard Botta says:

    They cared more for man’s approval than for God’s

    What a telling statement. How easy it is for this to be true, for my focus and actions to be moderated by my need for affirmation and approval. How often and who do I seek approval from.

    How actively do I seek God’s approval, do I seek Him, looking out for His interests above my own? Do I deliberately go out of my way to ensure that the God story is told, or do I draw attention to myself.

    Father I need Your help to live in such a manner that I do not seek the approval of men, but of the audience of one, You.

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Tuesday 27 January, 2015

John 12:27-36a

27 “My soul is troubled. What should I say? ‘Father, keep me from having to go through with this’? No. This is the very reason I have come to this point in my life. 28 Father, bring glory to your name!” Then a voice came from heaven. It said, “I have brought glory to my name. I will bring glory to it again.” 29 The crowd there heard the voice. Some said it was thunder. Others said an angel had spoken to Jesus. 30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now it is time for the world to be judged. Now the prince of this world will be thrown out. 32 And I am going to be lifted up from the earth. When I am, I will bring all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show them how he was going to die. 34 The crowd spoke up. “The Law tells us that the Messiah will remain forever,” they said. “So how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?” 35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light. Do this before darkness catches up with you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 While you have the light, believe in it. Then you can become children of light.” When Jesus had finished speaking, he left and hid from them.

As I read this section of scripture, the glaring theme here is also one of the most important concepts that can ever be answered – What did Christ really come to earth for?

I have myself explored this question at various stages in my life. Was it to give us an example of how to live, or to teach us wisdom from heaven? He certainly did those things, but was it the main reason?

Did he come to perform miracles; to get the lame to walk, and to bring sight to the blind?

Did he come to bring about repentance amongst the generations who lived in his time?

Was he a man, or God, or bits of each, or somehow fully both? This passage suggests that he prayed that he would bring glory to the Father, but how?

If you are reading this, you will likely know that the answer, the true answer is that Christ died in our place, taking the punishment that we deserved for our sin. In doing this, we who trust and believe in Christ can be in a place of right standing with God.

This passage, and others in the gospels, suggest that Christ knew that this was his mission – to die for the sins of the world. He certainly executed it perfectly and he positioned himself along the way to ensure that his mission would not just be a moment in time, but that the news of his success – vital for the salvation of the world – would spread across the entire earth.

But all of this, while wonderful to think about and understand is only part of the deal for me. Yes, God loves me for who I am and in spite of my sin, but he also, out of that love calls me into a responsibility to be part of Christ’s mission!

It isn’t always clear to me how I am to act day-to-day, how much sleep I should get and how many hours I need to be spending doing certain tasks etc, but one thing is clear – I have a responsibility to make sure that the successful mission of Christ reaches further and further into the lives of everyone around me, so that this world can be truly changed by His amazing grace.

Father, help me to never lose sight of the mission that we are on together.

Written by Ps. Justin Ware

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Monday 26 January, 2015

John 12:22-26

22 Philip went to tell Andrew. Then Andrew and Philip told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The time has come for the Son of Man to receive glory. 24 What I’m about to tell you is true. Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only one seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it. But anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it and have eternal life. 26 Anyone who serves me must follow me. And where I am, my servant will also be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

These Greeks wanted to see the man who raised Lazarus back to life. So did everyone else. But Jesus had gone way beyond that.

Raising one man from death to life is a wonderful thing. But Jesus didn’t come to bring life to just one man, or even to just bring physical life. He came to bring eternal life to everyone. But for that to happen, he had to do the reverse of Lazarus: he had to go from life to death.

And this swap is for Philip and Andrew too: if they love their life they’ll lose it; if they lose their life they’ll gain it. And for me too.

I don’t think this was the conversation they were expecting. I don’t think they understood what he was saying … yet.

I know how they felt. My expectations rarely keep up with where God is going. He’s always one step (at least) ahead. I think that’s a very healthy thing. I have to trust him. Definitely not easy, but better than me (foolishly) thinking I can do it myself.

Giving up my life – also not easy – until I really understand that I’m giving it someone who knows me better than I know myself, who loves me more than I could possibly deserve, and who’ll bring me through to a much better place than I get ever do myself.

Like Philip and Andrew, I’m still on a journey growing into that understanding. Sometimes I get it, but often not. And by the time I get there, God will be taking me on to something else more wonderful and more challenging.

Written by David Cornell

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Sunday 25 January, 2015

John 12:9-21

9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there, so they came. But they did not come only because of Jesus. They also came to see Lazarus. After all, Jesus had raised him from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus too. 11 Because of Lazarus, many of the Jews were starting to follow Jesus. They were believing in him. 12 The next day the large crowd that had come for the feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches from palm trees and went out to meet him. They shouted, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 118:25,26) “Blessed is the king of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it. This is just as it is written in Scripture. It says, 15 “City of Zion, do not be afraid. See, your king is coming. He is sitting on a donkey’s colt.” (Zechariah 9:9) 16 At first, Jesus’ disciples did not understand all this. They realized it only after he had received glory. Then they realized that these things had been written about him. They realized that these things had been done to him. 17 A crowd had been with Jesus when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead. So they continued to tell everyone about what had happened. 18 Many people went out to meet him. They had heard that he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “This isn’t getting us anywhere. Look how the whole world is following him!” 20 There were some Greeks among the people who went up to worship during the feast. 21 They came to ask Philip for a favor. Philip was from Bethsaida in Galilee. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.”

The news of the miracle of Lazarus spread like wildfire! The Pharisees were shocked by the huge crowd which greeted Jesus when he came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. In v.19 [TPT] they said, “We won’t be able to stop this! The whole world is going to run after Him”.

If we look at Zechariah 9:9 we learn that the victorious kings would ride on a war horse through the city streets. So, Jesus moved to reassure the crowd by declaring, “People of Zion have no fear! Look – it’s your king coming to you….!” [v.13]

As observers of this remarkable event, the disciples didn’t fully understand its significance until afterwards when they realised that Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies about him.

Traditionally we now observe this event as Palm Sunday. Then, it was the high point of the popularity of Jesus after the resurrection of Lazarus.

The more significant aspect of this pivotal event was that Jesus referred to Himself as their king. His kingdom was to be established through his mission on earth. Every person who is born again of the Spirit enters into this royal kingdom and takes on a royal status in Christ. Let us take up the excitement of the crowd in Jerusalem and sing his praises daily. He is our King, we are his royal subjects! So enjoy your royal status!

We acknowledge your kingdom Jesus, and desire to spend our days in praise and worship of our King. How majestic is he who came in the name of the Father.

Written by Keith Bennett

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Saturday 24 January, 2015

John 11:54-12:8

54 Jesus no longer moved around openly among the people of Judea. Instead, he went away to an area near the desert. He went to a village called Ephraim. There he stayed with his disciples. 55 It was almost time for the Jewish Passover Feast. Many people went up from the country to Jerusalem. They went there for the special washing that would make them pure before the Passover Feast. 56 They kept looking for Jesus as they stood in the temple courtyard. They asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the feast at all?” 57 But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders. They had commanded anyone who found out where Jesus was staying to report it. Then they could arrest him. 12 It was six days before the Passover Feast. Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived. Lazarus was the one Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was given at Bethany to honor Jesus. Martha served the food. Lazarus was among the people at the table with Jesus. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard. It was an expensive perfume. She poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the sweet smell of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot didn’t like what Mary did. He was one of Jesus’ disciples. Later he was going to hand Jesus over to his enemies. Judas said, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold? Why wasn’t the money given to poor people? It was worth a year’s pay.” 6 He didn’t say this because he cared about the poor. He said it because he was a thief. Judas was in charge of the money bag. He used to help himself to what was in it. 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “The perfume was meant for the day I am buried. 8 You will always have the poor among you. But you won’t always have me.”

Jesus has withdrawn from public ministry temporarily. Things are getting too ‘hot’, the ruling Jews want Jesus dead. The people gathered for this dinner are some of Jesus’ dearest friends, not a huge crowd. Lazarus, Martha and Mary are all there and Mary pours expensive oil all over Jesus feet. Jesus implies that Mary is the only one who understands that he is going to die.

What a difficult thing to honour in such a beautiful way. But this death was to be the forgiveness of sins for the world and the beginning of New Life for all who believe in His resurrection. I don’t think Mary understood all this, but she understood better than most, she had already seen her brother raised from the dead, even if not in a glorified body.

I am challenged to consider how I respond to the plans God makes that involve trial or pain. I need to honour some of these pains and trials in a beautiful way, for some of them will lead others to salvation, others will take me deeper into dependence on God. Just as the scars in Jesus hands, feet and side are a glorious reminder of the battle over death he won, so we must recognise that some of the painful times in life are actually building into the eternal Kingdom of God.

“Lord show me where the Champagne needs to be opened not just for joyous achievements, but also for faithfulness through pains suffered in your perfect plan. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Written by Andrew Mellor

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  1. David Newton says:

    To endure pain without becoming bitter has to be one of the great hallmarks of maturity.
    Thanks Andrew

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Friday 23 January, 2015

John 11:38-53

38 Once more Jesus felt very sad. He came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone in front of the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad smell. Lazarus has been in the tomb for four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you will see God’s glory?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up. He said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. 42 I know that you always hear me. But I said this for the benefit of the people standing here. I said it so they will believe that you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus called in a loud voice. He said, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with strips of linen. A cloth was around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the clothes he was buried in and let him go.” 45 Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary saw what Jesus did. So they believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees. They told the Pharisees what Jesus had done. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What can we do?” they asked. “This man is performing many signs. 48 If we let him keep on doing this, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will come. They will take away our temple and our nation.” 49 One of the Jewish leaders spoke up. His name was Caiaphas. He was high priest at that time. He said, “You don’t know anything at all! 50 You don’t realize what is good for you. It is better if one man dies for the people than if the whole nation is destroyed.” 51 He did not say this on his own because he was high priest at that time. He prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation. 52 He also prophesied that Jesus would die for God’s children scattered everywhere. He would die to bring them together and make them one. 53 So from that day on, the Jewish rulers planned to kill Jesus.

I find myself repeatedly asking the question, “what are you doing?” if I am unable to see the logic in someone’s actions. I want to know what they are thinking and why they are doing what they are doing. I want to know the outcome they are going for. Sometimes it’s really none of my business nor of immediate consequence to myself, yet I WANT to know!

When Jesus asks Martha to remove the stone I can see her processing what He’s saying and trying to follow where He’s going with this. I see her wanting to know what He’s doing and why. His actions seem ridiculous to her, Jesus seems to have forgotten that a man dead for four days does not smell pleasant!

Jesus replies in a frustratingly vague manner, He says that if she believes she will see the glory of God…. well what does THAT mean?! I suppose it’s like when we reflect on promises that tell us God has good things in store for us and a future for us… What does THAT mean?!

In that vague place, when I don’t know what God is on about, will I act like Martha and remove the stone, even if I have no idea what’s going to happen. Will I trust that whatever it is will be good, and worth the risk of some seriously pong-y air!

God, help me to let go of control and to trust you even when things are unclear. Thank you that no matter what it looks like you DO know what you are doing and are doing it for a good reason! Amen.

Written by Beth Waugh

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Thursday 22 January, 2015

John 11:17-37

17 When Jesus arrived, he found out that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem. 19 Many Jews had come to Martha and Mary. They had come to comfort them because their brother was dead. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him. But Mary stayed at home. 21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “I wish you had been here! Then my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you anything you ask for.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again. This will happen when people are raised from the dead on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even if they die. 26 And whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied. “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God. I believe that you are the one who is supposed to come into the world.” 28 After she said this, she went back home. She called her sister Mary to one side to talk to her. “The Teacher is here,” Martha said. “He is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Jesus had not yet entered the village. He was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 Some Jews had been comforting Mary in the house. They noticed how quickly she got up and went out. So they followed her. They thought she was going to the tomb to mourn there. 32 Mary reached the place where Jesus was. When she saw him, she fell at his feet. She said, “Lord, I wish you had been here! Then my brother would not have died.” 33 Jesus saw her crying. He saw that the Jews who had come along with her were crying also. His spirit became very sad, and he was troubled. 34 “Where have you put him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how much he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “He opened the eyes of the blind man. Couldn’t he have kept this man from dying?”

This story has always intrigued me. As is often the case, Jesus did not do what everyone thought He would or should do. Why did He wait 4 days after Lazarus had died to go and see him, and why did Jesus weep when He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead?

At some point we will all experience someone we love dying. This story displays many aspects of what we can feel in those times- sadness, disappointment, questioning, loss of faith. These emotions of grief are natural, not wrong or unimportant, and Jesus enters into that grief. However, Jesus’ behaviour in this situation indicates to me what is really important to Him. And keeping Lazarus alive does not seem to be His priority. He has allowed Lazarus to be dead for 4 days. Other people die (including His cousin John the Baptist) and He doesn’t bring them back to life.

I think Jesus’ priority was to teach them (and us) that death is not final. That yes, we will feel sad, (Jesus wept too) but then “whoever believes in Me will live, even though he dies”. And with that one statement Jesus gives us everything we will ever need.

In death, the world offers us nothing. In death, Jesus offers us everything.  I am filled with gratitude and hope. Let’s tell the world the good news.

Written by Shelley Witt

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  1. David Newton says:

    I really enjoyed your thoughts on this passage, particularly Jesus’ relationship to grief and loss.
    Thanks Shelley
    The question I have always wondered regarding these ‘big miracles’ of the Gospels is; Did Jesus only perform these miracles upon direct instruction from God or did Jesus via an act of compassion initiate these miracles knowing they were within the permissible will of God and according to His John3:34 authority?

  2. Richard says:


    A great question. It is hard to know a definitive answer in my view. In this instance there is nothing specific in the Scripture to help us with this question. Clearly Jesus had great power and authority while on earth. Did He minister under the direct voice of His Father or did He, at least on some issues and in this instance, work under His own authority.

    To be honest I lean toward the latter not the former which encourages us to be aware of our realms of authority and to exercise them accordingly. Although I am not ‘sold’ on this for all instances.

    I hope my thoughts are helpful!


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