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Daily Reading: 18th January 2015

John 11.31-33 cont.

31 Then those Jews who were with her in the house and comforting her, seeing that Mary got up quickly and went out, they followed her. They thought that she was going to the tomb that she might weep there.

32 Then, when Mary came to where Jesus was, seeing Him she fell at His feet, saying to Him: “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, He was deeply moved and agitated within His spirit.

There are certain things that we encounter during our lives and have a radical affect on us.

The first time we meet our spouse can have a life changing affect on us, especially as our love for one another increases, and we are filled with a desire to change in order to grow into a unity together.

There is no greater life changing experience than meeting with Jesus, especially for the first time. When I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, my whole life was changed, my thinking was changed, and my actions and words came under the directorship of Jesus. He became my Lord and Master.

Many who come to Jesus do exactly the same as Mary did, which was to fall at His feet.

Such an action was to give worship to the person at whose feet they were falling. This would have generally involved kissing the ground, but we do not know if Mary did this.

What we do know is that Mary confirmed her worship by calling Him ‘Lord’.

The only hope for all the people of the world is for all to fall at the feet of Jesus and to declare Him as their Lord and Saviour.

There is no hope in any others; there is no future in anyone else.

God’s word warns us about putting our hope in mankind:

[8] It is better to trust the LORD than to put confidence in people.

[9] It is better to trust the LORD than to put confidence in princes – Psalm 118.8-9 (NLT).

Also in Psalm 46.3: [3] Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.

[4] When their breathing stops, they return to the earth, and in a moment all their plans come to an end.

[5] But happy are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the LORD their God – (NLT).

Mary’s hope was in Jesus; it was in Him that she put her trust. However, her confidence in Jesus had been shaken by the fact that Jesus had not been with them to prevent the death of Lazarus.

There will be occasions when our confidence in Jesus may get shaken, however, if we continue to fall at His feet and declare Him as our Lord our confidence in Him will be restored and rewarded.

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