|Week #9 of 13
Lazarus Raised. Triumphal Entry.
Monday – Jesus raises Lazarus.
Tuesday – Ten lepers healed. Parables on prayer.
Wednesday – The rich young ruler.
Thursday – Zaccheus repents. Parable of 10 minas.
Friday – Mary anoints Jesus. Triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, were very dear to Jesus. They lived near Jerusalem in a village called Bethany. Jesus taught in the home of Lazarus (Luke 10:38-42).
The resurrection of Lazarus is the most touching miracle recorded in the gospels. Lazarus became very sick. So his sisters sent messengers to Jesus saying, "Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick." By the time Jesus received this news, it's likely that Lazarus was already dead.
When Jesus came to Bethany, he found that Lazarus had been dead for 4 days. Martha met Jesus outside the village and sent for her sister. Mary came with a crowd of mourners. Jesus wept when he saw their grief (John 11:17-37).
Jesus was brought to the tomb. A stone covered the mouth of the cave where Lazarus lay. Jesus ordered them to remove the stone. After praying, he shouted, "Lazarus, come forth!" Lazarus came out in his burial wrappings.
Both believers and unbelievers saw Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead. The friends of Lazarus, and many other witnesses, believed in Jesus after seeing this miracle. Enemies of Jesus quickly reported this event to the Pharisees.
Jesus stayed in Bethany during the last week of his life. Crowds came to Bethany to see both Jesus and the resurrected Lazarus. The chief priests in Jerusalem conspired to kill Lazarus "because on account of him, many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus" (John 12:9-11).
Did you know?
Spikenard was aromatic oil extracted from a plant. It was imported from India and was quite valuable. Mary anointed Jesus with spikenard. Judas said the perfume that anointed Jesus was worth over 300 denaraii. One denarius was a day's wage, so this was a considerable gift (John 12:2-8).
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