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Daily Reading: 22nd February 2015

John 12.9-11

9 Then a large crowd of Jews knew that He was there, but they came not only because of Jesus, but so that they might see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.

10 Then the chief priests consulted on how they might kill Lazarus,

11 for many of the Jews went to Him, because they were believing in Jesus.

The large crowds that came to Jesus were coming to Him, not just for Him alone, but also to see Lazarus.

They knew that he was unusual, because Jesus had raised him from the dead.

There may have been those who had witnessed the raising of Jairus’ daughter, or the son of the widow of Nain, but it is more than probable that the crowds would not have seen somebody who had been dead, but was now alive.

What Jesus had done for Lazarus was indeed spectacular.

They wanted to see this man. They would have been curious about him; maybe they wanted to ask him questions about his experience.

The crowds took the opportunity to check out for themselves this incredible occurrence.

The unusual will attract interest; likewise so will the spectacular.

We all have an interest in seeing things or people that we would not normally see very often.

On 20th July 1975 an airplane crashed on take-off from London Gatwick, near a busy main road. So great ware the crowds who went to see this that the emergency services had difficulty in getting to the crash site.

When there is an accident on the roads, especially motorways, people tend to turn their heads to look at it as they go by. Sometimes we know that this is the cause of another accident.

There are those things that we want to see, which may not be so good, as is the case with an accident. Indeed we may want to shield our children from seeing them.

On the other hand there are those things that are good and beneficial for us to see, as was the case with the crowds who wanted to see Lazarus.

Witnessing the miraculous power of Jesus is good for us, so long as we allow our faith in Him to be built up. Seeing what God does must lead us beyond being inquisitive into believing that His power is able to do far more than we can every ask or imagine.

Now to Him who is able to do for you everything beyond that which we ask for or understand, according to His power working effectively in us – Ephesians 3.20.

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