Bible Reference: John 12-9-11
Translation: Living Bible (TLB)
Bible Text: 9 When the ordinary people of Jerusalem heard of his arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus—the man who had come back to life again. 10 Then the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus too, 11 for it was because of him that many of the Jewish leaders had deserted and believed in Jesus as their Messiah.
OBSERVATION: It is often said that gossip travels like wild fire, but in our Scripture today we are told about how people reacted to hearing about Jesus coming to their town. As we meditate today, let us ponder why many in our town are not coming to see Jesus. Enter into the heart of the Scriptures with me today!
APPLICATION: I believe that if a church elder stood before a church congregation and told them about misappropriation of funds by church leaders, or an extramarital affair by the pastor, that news will spread over all the town before the end of that service. But isn’t it interesting how our pastor stands in that same pulpit each Sunday and declares the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and the simple steps necessary for the sinner who is headed to the pits of Hell, to otherwise be totally converted from a life of sin and be redirected instead to the Kingdom of God, where they will spend eternity with Jesus and His Father? Nothing about that is texted out to a friend about to enter eternity without Christ. Nothing about that is shared around the dinner table with unsaved family members. Our lips are sealed at work because we don’t want our coworkers to think that we’ve become a religious fanatic. And yet, we are OK entering Heaven’s gates and responding to God about why our family and friends are not with us? I wonder, what words we might have for those lost friends who may look up from the torment of Hell and question us about our silence? When a hurricane, or deathly storm, approaches, some of our friends decide not to evacuate, as ordered by the authorities. But what a sad affair when we choose not to tell our neighbor about an approaching deadly storm. Can’t you see that it’s the same plight for those of us that can’t be bothered to share the good news of Jesus Christ with our neighbors, our family, or with those in our towns and with those in authority? But unless I remain negative about this Scripture today, please refresh yourself on what the towns people and community leaders did in response to hearing about the visit of Jesus! They flocked to see Him! I remember at one time joining others in cottage prayer meetings to pray for our Christian friends to attend a series of revival services. What a joy it was to attend those services and watch the Lord deal in the hearts of those precious friends who showed up! Perhaps if we share the good news of Jesus with those we care about, they too will gladly come to church to hear more, and to rejoice with us in worship to our King! What are we waiting for? A serious, deadly storm is coming dear friends, it’s called Judgment Day. Are we content to seek shelter just for ourselves and not worry about those we love and care for? No matter how little we know the Bible, or how educated we are, simply share what Jesus has done for you and assure your friends that He will gladly do the same for them. They need to know your Savior, not necessarily what He did for Moses, or David or Paul, etc. As they know the God of the Bible, they will desire to know more about the God talked about in the Bible!
PRAYER: Oh dear God, please speak to the hearts of Your children today, and start with me. Make us keenly aware of all that You did for us, and all that You would gladly do for those who seek Your face. Please remind us of the love You have for us, and the love and response that would normally pour out of those filled with Your love. Embolden us to act upon Your Word and to share the love of Christ that is blessing us beyond anything we deserve. Oh that none will be left behind, as we share Your love and saving grace with all that we know and associate with. AMEN!