This passage makes me wonder....
Reading from John 12:1-11 the other morning, I was struck by a simple statement found therein. To get the full impact, you should read the passage yourself, but for now, let me summarize it.
The context deals with the events just prior to Jesus' Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem, the day we refer to as "Palm Sunday".
Jesus is in Bethany, attending a supper at the home of Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus, whom Jesus had previously raised from the dead (Jn 11). Verse 9 tells us that "much people of the Jews...knew that He (Jesus) was there; and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also..."
No doubt this was a celebratory dinner to give thanks to Jesus for what He had done for their family and many took the opportunity to "drop by", not only to see Jesus, but Lazarus also. But, not everyone was thrilled about the celebration. Verse 10 tells us that the religious leaders had been scheming to get rid of Jesus (Jn 11:45-53). Now, Lazarus' resurrection has caused many to believe on Jesus as the Messiah, further complicating matters. They decide to put them both to death!
Notice the reason these men wanted Lazarus dead, vs 11: "Because that by reason of him (Lazarus) many of the Jews went away and believed on Jesus." Which brings me to my opening statement...it makes me wonder...has anyone believed on Jesus because of what He has done in my life? For just as Lazarus was raised from the dead, Believers have been "raised to walk in newness of life."(cf. Gal 2:20). I wonder, has there been a reason that has caused others to want to believe in Jesus because of what they see in me? Do you wonder too?
Joy Williams is an American singer/songwriter. She grew up in a Christian home and has recorded three Christian music albums, receiving 11 Dove nominations. One of her songs is Do They See Jesus In Me? Well, do they?