Raised from the Dead
Today’s Reading: John 12
Key Verses: John 12:10-11 & John 12:31
But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus (vv. 10-11) … Now is the judgment of this world, now the ruler of this world will be cast out (v. 31)
Like Lazarus, we who believe in Jesus have been raised from the dead. Ephesians 2:1 describes us as, “dead in trespasses and sins,” but now, “made alive.” We are living proof that Jesus is real and that He brings new life where there was death. Verse 31 declares the reality of the Cross. The world, with its pride and rejection of God, mistakenly thought it was judging Jesus. The opposite is true. God was judging the world by the way it treated His Son. The so-called “ruler of this world” thought he was the winner, but again the opposite is true. The pretender to the throne was cast out. Jesus is King. His eternal Kingdom was established forever and ever.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Jesus, You are Lord of all. Grant that I may demonstrate that I’ve come out of the grave and discarded the grave clothes. May my life be the proof that You judged the world and deposed its ruler. I celebrate my new life with great joy. Thank You, Jesus. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I would like to answer every question you may have, but that is impossible. The best way to get answers is by asking your pastor or a Bible teacher at your local congregation. You can critique what I have written with friends on Facebook, or better still, in a home Bible study with your brothers and sisters in Christ. If you start a home study group, get the blessing of your church. Beware of false teachers who may come to your door or who may be on radio or TV. There is protection in the fellowship of a church which is affiliated with an established denomination. Any church that affirms The Apostles Creed, the most ancient declaration and summary of our faith, is a good place to start. Or, make an appointment with a local pastor.
Yours for the glory of the One Who said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to myself” (John 12:32).
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