Daily D – John 12:9-11
Then a large crowd of the Jews learned he was there. They came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, the one he had raised from the dead. because he was the reason many of the Jews were deserting them and believing in Jesus.”
JOHN 12:9-11 (CSB)
In 1979, a band called Supertramp had a hit with a song called, The Logical Song. Apparently, the Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day were not big on logic. Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life,” (John 11:25). Then he proved it by raising Lazarus from the dead.
Now these illogical leaders decided they would kill both Lazarus and Jesus. The plan was that this time Lazarus would stay dead because Jesus would also be dead and unable to raise him back to life.
Illogic is so illogical.
Pride of position and place (11:48) is dangerous. Pride, as my former professor and friend Jim Denison likes to say, will take us farther than we want to go and keep us longer than we want to stay. (See The Denison Forum, denisonforum.org.)
Pride kills. Pride kills what it hates. Pride sows the seeds of its own destruction.
So many people see Jesus and see something other than what he is. It is always a good question to ponder: To you, who is Jesus?
No one ever taught like this man.
No one ever lived like this man.
No one ever healed like this man.
No one ever raised people from the dead like this man.
No one ever rose from the dead like this man.
Today is a good day to see Jesus for who he is. Today is a good day to receive his gift of life eternal and abundant. Today is a good day to see the world and all its people through his eyes.
“See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me,”
(Revelation 3:20). Our hospitable Savior wants to come in and share with you all of his goodness. As Sir Paul McCartney sang, “Open the door and let him in.”
I will know and experience Jesus for who he is.
Our Father, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. You have made this plain to us. Give us eyes to see Jesus for who he is. Give us open hearts to receive him. Give us helpful hands to serve others in his name. Amen.
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1 Chronicles 22:9-13 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”