My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Wednesday, August 22, 2007

John 12

Chillin' in Jerusalem

Summary:
Mary wasted a lot of money anointing Jesus when he returned to Bethany. It was better than spending it on the poor cos the poor are always around. The baddies wanted to kill Lazarus too because many had come to faith because of him.

He went from Bethany to Jerusalem on a donkey, and people praised him on the way. The disciples didn't realise it at the time, but he was fulfilling Biblical prophecy.

Jesus said that, like a seed, we have to die to produce. Jesus would have to do this. God would be glorified. God audibly agreed, though it was ambiguous as to whether others could hear the voice. Everyone was a bit confused, and Jesus buggered off.

As the Bible predicted, many people didn't believe. Even though who did kept quiet out of fear. Jesus proclaimed that to accept him was to accept God. Jesus doesn't judge, he just saves. God is the judge. Jesus just does what God says.

Key verse:
47. As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.

My thoughts:
Unfortunately for this sweet verse, the next verse makes it very clear that God will judge you!

These passages create an interesting feeling about Jesus. He appears to be a man of which everyone is curious, and though he seems to do great miracles there is enough ambiguity that you can still choose not to believe in him if you try. Even in the presence of God himself in Jesus, we are given scope of choice as what we believe. The same is true now. That's why we need faith.

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