John in 21: Chapter 12

"Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity." John 12:25

Read today's passage: John 12:1-50

The story of Lazarus is a familiar one for many people. And in yesterday's reading, we looked at it again. We saw how he was sick, how his sisters sent for Jesus, how Jesus delayed and arrived four days after his death and how Jesus then raised Lazarus from the dead. But the story of Lazarus doesn't end there.

Probably more than any miracle before this, the raising of Lazarus convinced people that Jesus was the promised Messiah. (See John 12:9.) In fact, so many people were believing in Jesus because of this miracle that the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus "for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus" (v. 11).

Like Lazarus, we who have believed in the name of Jesus have been raised into a new life. (See 2 Corinthians 5:17.) And just like Lazarus, we have the incredible opportunity to bring glory to God. Will you tell others your story?

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