Thursday, July 09, 2009

Power Over Death


John 12:9  When all the people heard of Jesus' arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. 10  Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, 11  for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus.

12  The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13  took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, "Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD! Hail to the King of Israel!"

14  Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said: 15  "Don't be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey's colt."

16  His disciples didn't understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.

17  Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. 18  That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign.

19  Then the Pharisees said to each other, "There's nothing we can do. Look, everyone has gone after him!"


Jesus arrival at Jerusalem for the Passover celebration leads to the fulfillment of prophecy and it helped the disciples to know that Jesus was the Messiah.

It looks like every time that the Pharisees have a problem their first thought is to kill off the trouble maker. Jesus is getting too many followers because Lazarus was dead but now he is walking around as living evidence that Jesus has the power to give life.

John 14:6  Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.


If Jesus can raise Lazarus from the grave in this life then I can rest assured that he will rescue me from death and give me the eternal life that he has promised. The grave is not the end, it is a new beginning.


Thank you Jesus for giving up your life so that I can have eternal life with you, you have proven your power over death as evidence of the hope that I have in you.