Bible Reading Update #12
We are approaching our last week of reading the gospels together! It’s been so wonderful to read about Jesus’ life and teachings this summer. I hope that you continue to read and study God’s Word each day in the future.
In the meantime, let’s review some passages from this past week:
~ In John 11, it seems as if Jesus purposely waited for Lazarus to die, so that He could raise him from the dead: “So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was” (vs. 6). Then when Jesus went to see Lazarus, He found that he had been dead for four days! Certainly if Jesus wanted to arrive before His friend Lazarus died, He could have. I think it was important for Jesus to perform such seemingly impossible miracles. It was all a part of Jesus’ divine plan to lead others to Him. “Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him (vs. 45).”
~ It is interesting to see in John 12 how many people were coming to Christ, but they didn’t proclaim their new faith openly for fear of the Pharisees. If they told the rulers about their relationship with Jesus, they would be put out of the synagogue. They weren’t willing to lose everything when they “came to Christ”. It’s as if they believed in Jesus and His teaching, but they were still caught up in the ways of the world – not ready to surrender everything for Christ’s sake. “Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.”
God bless each of you,