Ready for Jesus?

Saturday, August 21, 2021

20-21 There were some Greeks in town who had come up to worship at the Feast. They approached Philip from Bethsaida in Galilee: “Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?”

22-23 Philip went and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip together told Jesus. Jesus answered, “Time’s up. The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

24-25 “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.

26 “If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.

-John 12:20-26 The Message.

Verse 20: Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the Feast;

Verse 21: these then came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

Verse 22: Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus.

Verses 20-21 study: The Greeks went to Philip for two reasons. One, he is a Jew, and two, because he has a Greek name.

Verse 23: And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

Verse 24: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Verse 25: He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.

Verse 26: If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will also be; if anyone helps Me, the Father will honor him.

Verses 23-25 study: Wheat won’t grow unless you put the seed in the ground for it to raise. Besides that, the sacrifice Jesus does for our sins is even greater. It shows power. Jesus can multiply like the seeds in the ground when it comes to eternal life.

Verse 25 study: We should live for Christ to the point that we are ready to be with Jesus when it is our time and is satisfied with our lives. Living that type of life requires us to live unselfishly and with joy. We shouldn’t put our security in things that Jesus can provide for us.

Verse 26 study: Some believe Jesus was only talking to the Jews. But he was talking to the Greeks too. So don’t let the differences from others stop you from sharing your Good News about Jesus.

Father, thank you for waking us today. I pray we continue to follow you, live life, and be ready for you when you call us home. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Palm Sunday

Friday, August 20, 2021

See How Your King Comes

12-15 The next day, the vast crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. So they broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered:

Hosanna!

Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!

Yes! The King of Israel!

Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it:

No fear, Daughter Zion:

    See how your king comes,

    riding a donkey’s colt.

16 The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him.

17-19 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, was there giving eyewitness accounts. It was because they had spread the word of this latest God sign that the crowd swelled to a welcoming parade. The Pharisees took one look and threw up their hands: “It’s out of control. The world’s in a stampede after him.”

-John 12:12-19 The Message.

Verse 12: On the next day, the large crowd who had come to the Feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

Verse 13: took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel.”

Verse 14: Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written,

Verse 15: “FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY’S COLT.”

Verse 13 study: Palm Sunday usually falls around late March into early April, depending on the year. This Scripture set the scene for why we celebrate Palm Sunday. Jesus began his last week riding into Jerusalem on a donkey under a canopy of palm branches and crowds hailing him as the king. He picked this time because he wanted everyone around Israel to be around for his bold statement that Jesus is the Messiah; he is not mistaken by his mission. This verse shows a true example of betrayal. The reason being is people didn’t listen, didn’t understand Jesus’ real mission. When you are tone-deaf, things like this happen. Most people automatically assumed that Jesus would be king and restore the nation. When they learned that Jesus is not that person to fulfill hope, they turned on him.

Verse 16: These things His disciples did not understand at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him and that they had done these things to Him.

Verse 17: So the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify about Him.

Verse 16 study: The moments we have with Jesus are unforgettable. The good and the bad. Here is a general question. Have you ever thought about how you got to where you are today? The disciples got a deeper understanding of Jesus’ leadership because they didn’t see the cues. They missed it. So now they are in shock and learned a lot about Jesus. It is essential to go back and see how God has led you throughout your life. That makes it special to know he is there for you.

Verse 18: For this reason, also the people went and met Him because they hear that He had performed this sign.

Verse 19: So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.

Verse 18 study: Sometimes, you have to go beyond curiosity and popularity. When a miracle happens, defend it! Because that is an honor. Nobody stopped the crucifixion of Jesus. They only see him do miracles but not follow and worship him.

Father, thank you for our studying Palm Sunday. As we learn about the last week of Jesus on earth, I pray that we will continue to uplift his name in his honor. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Believing Results in Plotting

Thursday, August 19, 2021

7-8 Jesus said, “Let her alone. She’s anticipating and honoring the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you. You don’t always have me.”

9-11 Word got out among the Jews that he was back in town. So the people came to look at Jesus and Lazarus, who had been raised from the dead. So the high priests plotted to kill Lazarus because so many of the Jews were going over and believing in Jesus on account of him.

-John 12:7-11 The Message.

Verse 7: Therefore Jesus said, “Let her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of My burial.

Verse 8: For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.

Verse 9: The large crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there, and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, who He raised from the dead.

Verses 7-8 study: These two verses are supposed to teach a couple of lessons.

  1. We don’t always require the attention of spending money. Jesus uses this to teach us that we celebrate life. In this case, Jesus’ life.
  2. This should have taught Judas a lesson about stealing money. It didn’t go well as Judas sold his Master’s life for 30 pieces of silver. Judas thought more of money than he did the lesson.

Verse 10: But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also;

Verse 11: Because many of the Jews were going away and believed in Jesus on account of him.

Verses 10-11 study: Here is another verse showing the leader’s inability to correct their wrong. Not only are they plotting to kill Jesus, but the leaders also want to kill Lazarus because he is a witness to the power of Jesus. This type of behavior leads down a dark path to sin and then more sin. It is up to us to accept Christ, repent, and let the holy spirit in to change the sinful behavior.

Father, thank you for the study of Lazarus. Help us to remind ourselves of selfish greed to not be non-believers. Protect us as we continue to share the gospel with others and that we are not in harm’s way. I pray we can take our pride and put it aside for you and your serving for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Selfish Judas

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Anointing His Feet

12 1-3 Six days before Passover, Jesus entered Bethany where Lazarus, so recently raised from the dead, was living. Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them. Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils, anointed and massaged Jesus’ feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house.

4-6 Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, even then getting ready to betray him, said, “Why wasn’t this oil sold and the money given to the poor? It would have easily brought three hundred silver pieces.” He said this not because he cared two cents about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of their common funds but also embezzled them.

-John 12:1-6 The Message.

Verse 1: Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

Verse 2: So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving, but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.

Verse 3: Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the smell.

Verse 3 study: Mary had an expensive oil that is worth a lot. It was imported from the mountains of India. The amount that she had on hand was worth a year’s wages.

Verse 4: But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said.

Verse 5: “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor people?”

Verse 6: Now he said this, not because he was not concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he pilfered what was put into it.

Verses 4-6 study: Judas had a thing for stealing from the disciples. He would take money out of the bag and use it for his personal use. Jesus had a good idea of what Judas was doing. Yet, Jesus didn’t do or say anything. With our lives, we dip into sin, and God doesn’t do or say anything and has a good idea of what you are up to. One day, we will have to answer for it.

Verses 5-6 study: You may know someone who thinks they have a good motive, but you know deep down inside they are up to no good. Jesus felt the same way about Judas. He knew he was not doing good for him, but for himself instead. This is why it is a good idea to keep God in the loop of everything you are feeling. We know Satan leads as a liar, and Jesus knew that Judas was heading that way. Therefore, our words and action should always line up with Jesus.

Father, thank you for our time together to keep up on your word. I pray that we can be authentic with others and know the difference in people. I pray we don’t fall into the trap of others going wrong, but instead, continuing to lead the right way. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Do You Believe Him Now?

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

45-48 That was a turning point for many of the Jews who were with Mary. They saw what Jesus did and believed in him. But some went back to the Pharisees and told on Jesus. The high priests and Pharisees called a meeting of the Jewish ruling body. “What do we do now?” they asked. “This man keeps on doing things, creating God-signs. If we let him go on, pretty soon everyone will be believing in him and the Romans will come and remove what little power and privilege we still have.”

49-52 Then one of them—it was Caiaphas, the designated Chief Priest that year—spoke up, “Don’t you know anything? Can’t you see that it’s to our advantage that one man dies for the people rather than the whole nation be destroyed?” But, of course, he didn’t say this of his own accord. Still, as Chief Priest that year, he unwittingly prophesied that Jesus was about to die sacrificially for the nation, and not only for the nation but so that all God’s exile-scattered children might be gathered together into one people.

53-54 From that day on, they plotted to kill him. So Jesus no longer went out in public among the Jews. Instead, he withdrew into the country bordering the desert to a town called Ephraim and secluded himself there with his disciples.

55-56 The Jewish Passover was coming up. Crowds of people were making their way from the country up to Jerusalem to get themselves ready for the Feast. Naturally, they were curious about Jesus. There was a lot of talk of him among those standing around in the Temple: “What do you think? Do you think he’ll show up at the Feast or not?”

57 Meanwhile, the high priests and Pharisees gave out the word that anyone who knew his whereabouts should inform them. They were all set to arrest him.

-John 11:45-57 The Message.

Verse 45: Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him.

Verse 46: But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

Verse 47: Therefore, the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs.

Verse 48: If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

Verse 49: But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all.

Verse 50: Nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man dies for the people and that the whole nation not perish.”

Verse 51: Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,

Verse 52: And not for the nation only, but so that He might also gather together into one of the children of God who are scattered abroad.

Verse 53: So from that day on, they planned together to kill Him.

Verse 54: Therefore, Jesus no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples.

Verse 55: Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover to purify themselves.

Verse 56: So they were seeking for Jesus and were saying to one another as they stood in the Temple, “What do you think; that He will not come to the feast at at all?”

Verse 57: Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where He was, he was to report it so that they might seize Him.

Verses 45-53 study: There are obvious things we see on Earth. When you see a miracle, do you believe it? Do you let your heart be hardened? If you see a miracle and everyone else denies it, be aware of the pride in these people. Do not let it become the best of you, as it comes with severe consequences.

Verse 48 study: Although Jesus’ miracles are a blessing, they cause a big distraction that the Romans didn’t want because they allowed partial freedom with quiet and obedience. The Jewish leaders feared that if they didn’t stop Jesus, they would face discipline. Plus, it will bring hard times to the nation.

Verse 51 study: Sometimes, we do things without realizing what we are doing. A lot of times that is God working in us. The same thing happened with Caiaphus, the high priest at the time. He was going around telling others about Jesus’ death, which John knew were words of a prophet. Caiaphus told others that Jesus would die for the nation and never understood why he was doing it.

Father, I pray that we can subconsciously talk with people about the things we do in our lives. I pray we do it with courage, faith, and love. Thank you for your word and for allowing us to study history with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Lazarus!

Monday, August 16, 2021

36 The Jews said, “Look how deeply he loved him.”

37 Others among them said, “Well, if he loved him so much, why didn’t he do something to keep him from dying? After all, he opened the eyes of a blind man.”

38-39 Then Jesus, the anger again welling up within him, arrived at the tomb. It was a simple cave in the hillside with a slab of stone laid against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.”

The sister of the dead man, Martha, said, “Master, by this time there’s a stench. He’s been dead four days!”

40 Jesus looked her in the eye. “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

41-42 Then, to the others, “Go ahead, take away the stone.”

They removed the stone. Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and prayed, “Father, I’m grateful that you have listened to me. I know you always do listen, but on account of this crowd standing here I’ve spoken so that they might believe that you sent me.”

43-44 Then he shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And he came out, a cadaver, wrapped from head to toe, and with a kerchief over his face.

Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him loose.”

-John 11:36-44 The Message

Verse 36: So the Jews were saying, “See how He loved him!”

Verse 37: But some of them said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?”

Verse 38: So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.

Verses 33-38 study: Jesus has different emotions, but we know he cares. He shows his emotions when he saw Mary and Martha grieving over their brother. John expressed this a lot because he wanted people to understand Jesus. No matter what our feelings are, we must be ready to share our true feelings. Jesus, know my true feelings on everything. He cares for us. Tell him your true feelings. He understands, and he has been through it all before. There is nothing we won’t understand.

Verse 38 study: Tombs represented a large stone that can place several bodies in it. It is large enough for people to walk in. Once they were done with a burial, they slide a large limestone across the entrance.

Verse 39: Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.”

Verse 40: Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

Verse 41: So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.

Verse 42: I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.”

Verse 43: When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”

Verse 44: The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Verse 44 study:  Check out the other stories of Jesus raising others from the dead. Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:41-42, Luke 8:40-56, and Luke 7:11-15.

Father, thank you for the studying of your word. We are constantly reminded to trust you. I pray we can continue to trust you every day. When there is doubt, let us remember these stories of miracles that we can continue to walk in faith with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Empathy is Important

Sunday, August 15, 2021

27 “Yes, Master. All along I have believed that you are the Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world.”

28 After saying this, she went to her sister Mary and whispered in her ear, “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.”

29-32 The moment she heard that she jumped up and ran out to him. Jesus had not yet entered the town but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When her sympathizing Jewish friends saw Mary run off, they followed her, thinking she was on her way to the tomb to weep there. Instead, Mary came to where Jesus was waiting and fell at his feet, saying, “Master, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33-34 When Jesus saw her sobbing and the Jews with her sobbing, a deep anger welled up within him. He said, “Where did you put him?”

34-35 “Master, come and see,” they said. Now Jesus wept.

-John 11:27-35 The Message.

Verse 27: She said to Him, “I know that he will rise again the resurrection on the last day.

Verse 28: When she had said this, she went away and called Mary, her sister, saying secretly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”

Verse 29: And when she heard it, she got up quickly and was coming to Him.

Verse 30: Now Jesus had not yet come into the village but was still in the place where Martha met him.

Verse 27 study: I talked about this yesterday, I believe. But in this verse, we all struggle with this, not having time to the Lord. We struggle to make time for him. But as compassionate as Martha was when she saw him, it really moved Jesus. Do you make time for Jesus during your day to pray and have time to let him speak to your heart?

Verse 31: Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and consoling her, when they saw that Mary got up quickly and went out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.

Verse 32: Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him and fell at His feet saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Verse 33: When Jesus, therefore, saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled.

Verse 34: And said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, Lord, come and see.”

Verse 35: Jesus wept.

Verse 35 study: Even though there are only two words in this verse, it is to remember that Jesus wept. He wept with them, perhaps because he empathized with their grief. Sometimes, when you see others weep, your typical reaction is to cry with them because you truly understand and empathize with them in their hurt. But, unfortunately, most people don’t have those feelings. But Jesus does, and he shows that he cares enough for us to weep with us in our sorrows.

Father, thank you for the studies today. I pray for improvement in empathy. There are some that deal with grief differently, and it’s okay. But some don’t deal with it at all, have evil hearts. I pray that we can continue to empathize with others in their pain, sorrows, and hurt. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Believing the Son of God

Saturday, August 14, 2021

17-20 When Jesus finally got there, he found Lazarus already four days dead. Bethany was near Jerusalem, only a couple of miles away, and many of the Jews were visiting Martha and Mary, sympathizing with them over their brother. Martha heard Jesus was coming and went out to meet him. Mary remained in the house.

21-22 Martha said, “Master, if you’d been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. Even now, I know that whatever you ask God he will give you.”

23 Jesus said, “Your brother will be raised up.”

24 Martha replied, “I know that he will be raised up in the resurrection at the end of time.”

25-26 “You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?”

-John 11:17-26 The Message.

Jesus is comforting Mary and Martha after Lazarus’ death. Let’s continue into the story.

Verse 17: So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.

Verse 18: Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off;

Verse 19: Many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.

Verse 20: Martha, therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house.

Verse 21: Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.

Verse 22: “Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

Verse 23: Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Verse 24: Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”

Verse 25: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.

Verse 26: And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Verse 27: She said to Him, “Yes, Lord: I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”

Verses 25-26 study: Jesus is the Creator (John 14:6), and as the Creator, what makes you believe that he can’t do anything beyond miracles? We have read miracles performed by Jesus. He can restore life in anyone. Those who believe in Christ will have a spiritual life that death can’t conquer or diminish. Realizing his power, we will see how incredible his offer is to us and how we can contribute our services to him! Think of this; because I live, you will live also.

Verses 27 studies: We all have moments where we are too busy to sit down in quietness and meditate on the word of God. We struggle with it because of the busyness of work and personal life. Martha is the same way. She was always too busy to sit down and talk with Jesus (Luke 10:38-42). We see here that she is a woman of deep faith and that her statement of faith is precisely the response that Jesus would love to hear from us!

Father, thank you for our study. There is nothing like sitting down to read your word and going into detail about your word. I pray for good health to continue sharing the word, letting your words spill into me to share with others. I don’t take credit for the work of creating a blog and starting a following of other believers to read and study as well. This is all your work, and I give you praise for it. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Disciple Risk and Resurrection

Friday, August 13, 2021

11 He said these things and then announced, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. I’m going to wake him up.”

12-13 The disciples said, “Master, if he’s gone to sleep, he’ll get a good rest and wake up feeling fine.” Jesus was talking about death, while his disciples thought he was talking about taking a nap.

14-15 Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.”

16 That’s when Thomas, the one called the Twin, said to his companions, “Come along. We might as well die with him.”

-John 11:11-16 The Message.

Verse 11: This He said, and after that He said to them, Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.”

Verse 12: The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”

Verse 13: Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought He said of literal sleep.

Verse 14: So Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,

Verse 15: and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.”

Verse 16: Therefore Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.”

Verses 14-15 study: There is a reason why Jesus plans for things to happen according to his timing. If he had been there while Lazarus was alive, Jesus could have saved Lazarus. But Jesus wasn’t there during that time, which allowed him to show his power to the other disciples. Raising Lazarus from the dead is a display of power. The resurrection from the dead is a crucial belief of the Christian faith. Jesus raised Himself from the dead (10:18); he also has the power to lift others.

Verse 16 study: There were many doubters, but one that stood out is Thomas because he doubted Jesus’ resurrection. But he showed compassion. The disciples going to Jerusalem is dangerous, and they tried to talk Jesus out of it. Thomas felt what all of the disciples felt. Jesus rejected the disciples. They were willing to go there and die with Jesus. The disciples probably didn’t understand why Jesus would be killed, but the most important thing to point out is they were loyal. There will be unknown dangers to do God’s work. Consider the high risks of being Jesus’ disciple.

Father, thank you for today. Thank you for life, opportunities, wisdom, and love. I pray we will continue to be brave, being your disciple and wise to understand what others can’t. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Get out of the Darkness!

The Death of Lazarus

11 1-3 A man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary, and her sister Martha. This was the same Mary who massaged the Lord’s feet with aromatic oils and then wiped them with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was sick. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Master, the one you love so very much is sick.”

When Jesus got the message, he said, “This sickness is not fatal. It will become an occasion to show God’s glory by glorifying God’s Son.”

5-7 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, but oddly, when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed on where he was for two more days. After the two days, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.”

They said, “Rabbi, you can’t do that. The Jews are out to kill you, and you’re going back?”

9-10 Jesus replied, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in daylight doesn’t stumble because there’s plenty of light from the sun. Walking at night, he might very well stumble because he can’t see where he’s going.”