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Daily Reading: 24th February 2015

John 12.9-11 cont.

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.

We might ask why the chief priests should have been so against such wonderful things happening. We have seen that they were afraid of the consequences of civil unrest. Yet there was something else that went a lot deeper than this fear.

The chief priests were most likely Sadducees, and they did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. Therefore, they had a real difficulty with what Jesus had done for Lazarus. By raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus had immediately confronted the theology (biblical understanding) of the Sadducees.

Rejecting the resurrection of the dead was a fundamental teaching of the Sadducees. Now the crowds were eager to see Lazarus, who was the living proof that there is a resurrection of the dead.

I remember someone once saying that there is nothing like a dose of experience to change our theology. This is true, experience will always trump false teaching, no matter how authoritative it may appear to be.

The experience of Lazarus, and those who witnessed his resurrection was a direct threat to the false teaching of the Sadducess.

Therefore it was in their interest to remove this threat to their theology.

Many of us were brought up to believe that the miracles only happened in biblical times. Therefore, we had the mind-set, or theology that God does not move in miraculous ways today, except in the area of people being born again.

We can be thankful that through His Holy Spirit God had led us to experience that miracles still happen in this day and age. We should not be surprised at this since God’s word tells us that Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever – Hebrews 13.8 (NLT).

Many of us have not only witnessed the miraculous power of Jesus to heal people, we have also experienced his healing power for ourselves. Probably a lot of us have been used by the Holy Spirit to minister His healing power to others.

Such experiences of His miraculous power have changed our theology to bring it into line with the truth of His word – hallelujah.

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