Today, we are reading John 11:38-57, Luke 17:11-37and Luke 18:1-8 . I have a few highlights today, but it’s hard to keep these little entries short sometimes!
Luke 17:11-19 – the ten lepers were cleansed (healed) AS they went: as/while they were obedient. Their healing came hand in hand with their obedience.
Luke 17:19-37 (I like 17:37 in the MSG: “where the body is, there the eagles will be”). I think that means that as a carcass would draw vultures, the unrepentant will draw God’s judgement. In any case, “the action will begin around” the body of Christ. I wish we had time to stay here for a little bit together – what do you think?
In Luke 18, I think that Jesus is teaching us that persistence in prayer creates purity in prayer. If a man could be worn down, wouldn’t God desire to work on our behalf even more? After getting this far, haven’t we seen the persistence of God, how He pursues HIs creation? Ask and persist after godliness.
I like that Jesus prayed aloud in John 11. Hearing Jesus say this out loud must have been powerful:
“Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me” John 11:41-42
In this way, Jesus made sure that people connected the prayer to Lazarus’ resurrection.
Now we are already at the plot to kill Jesus:
“So from that day on they made plans to put him to death. Jesus therefore no longer walked openly” John 11:53-54
Does anyone feel the same way I feel? How are we at the plot to kill Jesus already, we only just got Him.
A little p.s. this morning: I find it so sad that Jesus could no longer walk openly. It wasn’t out of fear (Jesus was not afraid to fulfill His destiny), it was out of making sure everything happened in order and at the right time. It also makes me think about today: if I we are not displaying Jesus openly in our lives, what is the reason? I’ll help: we do not have time to hide our faith – be ready to share Jesus now!