August 31, 2016

Today you should read: John 12:1-19

There is a lot going on in our passage today. Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead, and the Jews have put an order out for Jesus’ death. I love that amongst the chaos Jesus takes time to just go have dinner. In verse 2 it says that Lazarus was one of the people reclining at the table. When I read that word I can’t help but picture Jesus just being relaxed, even though there are people plotting to kill Him and He knows what is coming. I often get so caught up in my circumstances that I forget that Jesus is so much more than anything that is happening, and because of that I don’t take the time to worship Him as Mary did. Instead I am asking him for this and that and neglecting the God who is in control.

How can you better recognize who Jesus is today?

In what ways can you worship Him as Mary did?

The Jews find out where Jesus is and they make plans to go and get not only Him, but also Lazarus. This is absolutely insane and irrational behavior. I say this because Lazarus being alive is undeniable evidence that Jesus had been telling the truth. The priests realize that a lot of the other Jews are believing in Jesus, yet they would rather destroy the evidence than believe in Jesus. Sin in the world and in our heart produces this kind of irrational actions.

Do you know someone who is in complete denial of Jesus? If so would you take a moment to pray for them?

Lastly, Jesus comes in fulfilling yet another of the prophesies foretold in the Old Testament. I love that there is a description of the disciples and how they had not understood things at first, but that it was becoming clear to them. It is so often that we as believers do not always know or understand, and that is okay because through following Jesus he will reveal truths to us. It is also very interesting to see that the same people who are celebrating Jesus in this passage are the same people who would be calling for Him to be crucified just a few days later. Their motivation for Jesus was not Jesus. Their motivation was selfish; they were following Him because he raised Lazarus from the dead. This is why they had no problem switching sides and hating Him shortly after.

How are you seeking better understanding of the things of God?
What are your motives for following Jesus?

By: Dakota Gragg

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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