Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 May 23

 “Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always. Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus” (John 12:1-11).

Today’s Morsel:  I like reading the story of the resurrection of Lazarus.  It shows that Jesus has power over death, hell, and the grave.  How would you liked to have been Lazarus?  You were dead, in a grave, Jesus raised you from the dead, and now people want to kill you again because it’s your fault that people are believing in Jesus? This goes to show how foolish some people are and how foolishly they think.  They said that it was Lazarus' fault that people were following and believing in Jesus, and he had nothing to do with it.  He was just probably happy to be alive.  When the Jews knew that Jesus was in the house of Simon, they came not only to see the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection from the dead, but to see Jesus, too. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus to death; because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.  Do you now see why some Christians are hated for being Christians?  They cause others to follow Jesus, who is The Way, The Truth, The Life; which Satan is never pleased about.

Sing:  We have heard the joyous sound, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.  Spread the news all around, Jesus saves, Jesus saves. 

Thought For Today:  Everyone who claims to be born again should draw people to see Christ by their new life.


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