Jesus tells Martha if she will believe she will see the glory of God. Then Jesus cries into the tomb, “Lazarus, come forth!” Lazarus comes out of the tomb, “Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. But some went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did.” “Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death. Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews…”
The Passover was near and the Jews “spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, ’What do you think – that He will not come to the feast?’ Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.”
On Jesus’s way to Jerusalem 10 outcast lepers yell to Jesus to heal them. He tells them to go and show themselves to the priests. “And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.” The lepers are healed by grace through faith, which is evidenced in their obedience of going to the priests who could not naturally heal lepers. However, only one, a Samaritan, comes back to Jesus “and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.” Remember that the Samaritans are the half-breeds whom the Jews despise. This Samaritan is overwhelmed by the abundant grace shown to him and he doesn’t take it for granted like the other nine. So Jesus responds to his show of gratitude by saying, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” 🙌
We end the reading with Jesus speaking about the kingdom to come. He says that first the Son of Man “must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.” However, when He comes again it will be like in the days of Noah and the flood, and Lot and Sodom. The people will be going about their usual business with no regard for the Lord and then God will destroy them all. But those who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior will be saved.
More teaching from Jesus tomorrow. Keep reading.
(John 11:38-57, Luke 17:11-18:8)