Here is an interesting teaching where Jesus speaks in parables about his coming death and resurrection. It is here that He recognises that the purpose of His coming was to die and be raised for the purpose of building the church. He uses the analogy that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it does not bear fruit but remains alone.
The trigger for this discussion is when some Greeks came to his disciples and wanted to see Jesus. And that is a great and wondrous thing for in that day He revealed the blessings that were to come down to us today.
When Jesus was discovered by the crowds at Bethany after he had raised Lazarus from the dead, the crowds flocked to see him. They also flocked to see Lazarus and this angered and outraged the Jewish leaders to the point they planned a great cover up.
They planned this cover up by destroying the evidence of Jesus’ power. In this case that meant they plotted to kill not only Jesus, but Lazarus also. Why? Because on account of Lazarus many of the people were going away and believing in Jesus. The Jewish leaders were losing their grip on the people, and they were not going to give it up without a fight. Thus they planned the big cover up.
The resurrection of Lazarus was a pivotal moment in the work that the Lord did while He was on the earth. In this one moment and action He showed mankind that He truly did have the power over life and death.
The teachings that He gave while carrying out this work were equally important. He not only did the miraculous, but also taught those around Him and by extension us too, the pathway to receiving and entering the resurrection.
In the previous two posts I have been looking at the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Lazarus. When Jesus came to the place where he had taken ill and died, he spoke to Martha and Mary, who were sisters of Lazarus. In this discussion Jesus makes one of the most important points and messages of the teachings of the gospel.
In my last post we looked at what Jesus did and said when a messenger came to Him saying that Lazarus was ill. We see in this section of scripture that Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus so it is certain that they were good friends and Jesus would help His friends just as anyone else helps their friends.
In the last section we saw that Jesus said that this illness Lazarus had contracted was not to the death but would be used to manifest the glory of God.
Once again we see that even though we know these things, Jesus' reaction was quite unusual.
There are some things in this world that are considered unstoppable and unchangeable. The rising and setting of the sun, the ebb and flow of the tides and of course those classics…death and taxes! But in truth all of these things are really only temporary and there will come a time when they will all end.
However Jesus was truly unstoppable and He will never end for He is eternal. He could not be held down by anything for His purpose was set and authorised by the Father and would be seen through to a conclusion regardless of what would come. The plan was set in place and is moving forward to a conclusion that is inevitable.The way I look at this is a bit like the song by Bob Dylan, Slow Train Coming. The plan of God is like a slow train moving down the track. Nothing you can do will stop it, it just keeps on rolling along.
And in the context of this section of scripture we see the unstoppable nature of Jesus. He came for a purpose and that purpose would and will be served. Continue reading “Unstoppable”
You might think I am talking about the resurrection with this title, but you would be mistaken. Ok…so I might mention the resurrection, but in my opinion this section of scripture is not talking about the resurrection, at least not totally, but is talking about something else. Let's have a look at what it says.
Jesus had just chased the pigeon sellers and money changers from the temple. He overturned their tables and used a whip of cords to drive out the animals from the temple. In his zeal for the temple as being a house of prayer and not a place for commerce he brought order and reverence back to this holy place.
But there were many who objected to these actions, not the least of whom were those who were driven from their lucrative trade. The Jews sought to know by what authority Jesus did these things. His answer is interesting.
After he had completed his course on the earth, the time came for the Lord to leave. He had given his disciples all the teachings and the examples of his life from which they could draw to go out into the world and preach the gospel. He had shown them the truth of the resurrection and they were now almost ready to begin their phase in the work of the Lord. In his last moments we see some final words of instruction that we can learn from also.
After Jesus had risen from the dead he appeared to many of his disciples including up to five hundred at the one time. Then he came and stood amongst his closest disciples, the twelve minus Judas who betrayed him. We see in this section of the scripture the purpose of his visitation and his instructions to the disciples.