John, Day 47.

Day 47.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we commit this time to You and give You our full attention, in Jesus’ name Amen.

John 12: 12-19, Palm Sunday, lamb selection day, triumphal entry.

5 days before Passover on the 10th of Nisan, is Palm Sunday, lamb selection day or triumphal entry. This event is recorded in all the 4 gospels. On this day, a Jewish family selects a lamb, takes it home, and looked after it until the 14th day of Nisan to sacrifice it in the temple. On this day, the Lamb of God, entered Jerusalem on a donkey to triumph over sin.

V12- 13, 12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

A great crowd of Israelites came to greet Jesus, waving palm branches as Jesus entered Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. They shouted the messianic Psalm 118: 25-26, “LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.’’ Hosanna means, ‘‘save us’’. They demanded Jesus to save them from the Romans. But Jesus came to save them from sin, not from the Romans.

VV14-15, 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: 15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion, see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey to fulfill the prophecy of Zech 9:9, ‘’Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey”. Jesus, the Prince of peace, enter Jersusalem on a donkey, a beast of peace.

V 16, At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him’

His disciples did not understand the significance all these until after Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and glorification.

VV 17-19, 17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him”

Jesus’ popularity ranking with the Israelites was at an all time high because He raised Lazarus from death after 4 days in the tomb. The Pharisees were envious when they saw Jesus’ popularity with the Israelites.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Palm Sunday. Thank you for saving us from sin. in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John Day 46

Day 46.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, once again, we come before You in Your throne of grace. We confessed that we are sinners. Please forgive and have mercy on us, in Jesus’ name, Amen

John 12: 1-11, Anointing of Jesus by Mary of Bethany.

VV 1-3, 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.3 Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

6 days before the Passover, Jesus and His disciples were invited to a dinner hosted by Mary, Marta and Lazarus of Bethany. Marta served. Her love language was service. Mary took an alabaster flask of spikenard, broke it, poured it on Jesus’ feet, and wiped His feet dry with her hair. Mary’s love language was worship. Spikenard, a perfume imported from India, was very expensive, and was worth 300 denarii, almost one year’s wage.

VV 4-6, 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. “6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

Judas Iscariot, the betrayer, objected, saying it was a waste of funds, but he was a thief who frequently stole from the coffer and had a bad motive.

VV 7-8, 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me”.

Jesus defended Mary’s action for anointing His body for burial. When Jesus hanged on the cross on Good Friday, Mary’s perfume would be very soothing to Him. Matthew 6:12-13, ‘’When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

VV 9-11, 9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.

A large crowd of Jews came to Bethany to see Jesus and Lazarus, the living testimony. Out of envious and jealousy, the chief priests wanted to kill Lazarus to prevent him from testifying for Jesus.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for this timeless story of the anointing of Jesus by Mary of Bethany, in Jesus‘ name, Amen.