Day 2: Reading – John 12:1-11
1 Jesus therefore six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus raised from the dead. 2 So they made him a supper there: and Martha served; but Lazarus was one of them that sat at meat with him. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, that should betray him, saith, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred shillings, and given to the poor? 6 Now this he said, not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and having the bag took away what was put therein. 7 Jesus therefore said, Suffer her to keep it against the day of my burying. 8 For the poor ye have always with you; but me ye have not always. 9 The common people therefore of the Jews learned that he was there: and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests took counsel that they might put Lazarus also to death; 11 because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
- On life’s journey, you will be referenced and referred to by your mistake, faults and failures. Look at Lazarus’ reference, “He who was raised from the dead”. Some of us are referred to by our past mistakes. The man who couldn’t control himself or the woman who lacks judgment. Or the addict who struggles daily or who was recently delivered. The good news however is that your past or mistakes doesn’t bother your savior, Jesus Christ. Aren’t you glad?
- Our mistakes regardless of their size have a divine purpose; those issues in God’s masterful hands become objects for God’s glory. See Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. A homeless, addict in God’s hands gets a new lease of life and goes on a rescue mission to the streets. How about a grieving mother in God’s hands who becomes the voice of comfort to others suffering untold pain? You (your past and mistakes) in the potter’s hands is a viable candidate for untold greater glory. Appreciate the journey of life you are on, your past will become an opportunity for many to see the power and purpose of God in your life. Recall Brother Lazarus!
- I pray that you embrace God’s plan with regards every facet of your life in Jesus Name, Amen. God is more than able to make all things work together for your good, believe it.
The Riverbank Adaptation:
- Each Sunday during lent, we will perform a weekly review of key points.
- Every Friday during lent, will be a day of fasting for grace, wisdom and power for the Christian Journey. Fasting guideline will be provided.
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