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Daily Reading: 13th February 2015

John 12.1-2

1 Then Jesus came to Bethany six days before the Passover, where Lazarus was, who Jesus raised from the dead.

2 Then they made a supper there for Him, and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who was reclining with Him.

If you have travelled by air you will be familiar with the procedures that take place at airports. Travellers are usually required to be at the airport two or three hours before the plane is due to depart.

This can be quite frustrating, because travellers are unaware of the reason for such a long time that they have to spend in the airport before their plane departs. We can only surmise that there are a lot of things that have to be done in preparation for a punctual departure.

Jesus arrived in Bethany six days before the feast of Passover was to be held in Jerusalem. We know that Jesus had left Bethany and had gone to Ephraim. We do not know if He ministered anywhere else; all that John tells us about is the arrival of Jesus in Bethany six days before the Passover.

We know that there were many pilgrims who would have been making their way to Jerusalem for the Passover feast. Many of these would have been lodging in Bethany, since Jerusalem was not large enough to cater for all the pilgrims going to the feast. Many of these would be travelling from many parts of the known world.

W Barclay tells us that Bethany was a designated place for the overflow of pilgrims who were unable to stay in Jerusalem.

We also know that many of the pilgrims would have arrived early in order to go through the various purification ceremonies so that they were clean to celebrate the Passover.

However, Jesus would not have needed to do this, but it is possible that the disciples may have needed to. Jesus was always without any sin, but the disciples may have needed to go through the purification ceremonies so that they were clean in preparation for the Passover.

There are a couple of things for us to take note of:

1 The timing of Jesus is always perfect. He may lead us into a situation earlier than we might feel is necessary. In such times we must abandon our understanding and trust in His supreme timing.

2 If we desire to be on the same ‘plane’ as Jesus, we need to arrive at the airport when He says so, no questions asked.

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