QT 18/04/2024 Thursday John 11. The correct response to Jesus' signs. 对耶稣神迹的正确回应

QT 18/04/2024 Thursday John 11. The correct response to Jesus' signs. 对耶稣神迹的正确回应

QT 18/04/2024 Thursday John 11 The correct response to Jesus' signs

In between the two narratives about death and weeping (John 11:1-16,28-36), Jesus declared another "I AM", the one who is able to give life (John 11:17-27).

"I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live" (John 11:25).

To prove that His claim was true, Jesus performed the ultimate sign of the Messiah by raising Lazarus (John 11:38-44). The implications of this sign were revolutionary:-

To the first group of people like the chief priests, Pharisees and the council (John 11:47), the implication of Jesus' sign would result in them LOSING their prestige and posts ("The Romans will come and take away both our place and our nations", John 11:48). They planned to kill Jesus  "from that day on" (John 11:53).

To the second group like Martha, Mary and "many of the Jews" (John 11:45), they would have FOUND the Christ to put their personal trust in. They would "see the glory of God" (John 11:40;also see 11:4).

REFLECTION: What are you going to do with the Jesus Christ portrayed by the Gospel of John so far? Are you willing to risk loss of prestige and posts (or even life) so that you can demonstrate your belief that Jesus is the resurrection and the life, the divine "I AM"?

星期四2024年4月18日 今日读经:约翰福音11章