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  • Apr7Fri

    'Because of Jesus' by Pastor Vern

    April 7, 2017

    John 12: 1-19       

    Our need of a Saviour was greater than the cost, pain or suffering that would follow and Jesus was purposed to follow through.

     

    Heb 12: 2 ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God’

     

    1 Because of Jesus a family had a celebration of life – vrs 2    

    • Jesus arrived back in Bethany at Lazarus’ house
    • Previously Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead – John 11: 43-44    
    • Tears of grief turned to shouts of joy
    • Martha served a meal of celebration in honour of Jesus
    • Think she minded this preparation? – Luke 10: 38-42
    • The words of our memory verse came alive in a practical way‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.       And whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’       
    • Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with expensive perfume – vrs 3     
    • Judas complained about this extravagance – vrs 4-6     
    • Jesus accepts the gift as an honest act of honour

     

    2 Because of Jesus a parade of prophetic fulfilment was held – vrs 12-15

    • As Jesus came to Jerusalem a crowd gathered in anticipation
    • People who knew about Lazarus told others
    • Jesus was seated on a donkey and entered the city
    • Words of joy – ‘Hosanna’ -
    • Words of adoration – ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’
    • Momentum grew and the city heard what was going on

     

    3 Because of Jesus the forces of evil were threatened – vrs 10-11, 19     

    • The leaders were jealous of Jesus
    • They could not argue the fact that Lazarus was alive
    • They plotted to kill him along with Jesus
    • The growing numbers of believers in Jesus demanded their evil attention
    • Satan saw this a threat to his control
    • The diabolical plan of crucifixion moved forward

     

    APPLICATION – Our need of a Saviour was so great that Jesus moved sacrificially towards the cross

    • Because of Jesus we can have eternal life
    • Because of Jesus the opportunity of life is for everyone
    • Because of Jesus the consequence of sin is conquered

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