John 12 Notes
Verses 1 – 2
Lazarus “who had been dead…was one of those who sat at the table with Him.”
At the beginning of chapter 12, I love the picture of Lazarus, who once was dead in the tomb, now dining at the table with Jesus.
Verses 4 – 8
At face value it would appear that Judas is truly concerned for the poor. At the time of the occurrence, no one but Jesus knew that Judas had been steeling from the money box. But John has written the Gospel of John around 70 A.D.
Judas’ indictment against Mary using the expensive oil on Jesus’ feet was not out of concern for the poor. He spoke out of the abundance of his heart of greed.
Jesus sees beyond appearances to the heart of a man and woman. What a stark contrast between Mary’s service and Judas’ subterfuge.
“For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7
Verses 10 – 11
“But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.”
I have never noticed that verse.
Not only do the chief priests want to get Jesus out of the way, they also want to dispose of the evidence of His power over death.
“…he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.”
I think of the multitude of people who believe that all roads lead to God. They are lost without the light of the Truth. They are deceived and, in turn, deceive others. Either the light of the Truth of Christ has not yet penetrated their darkened minds or they have rejected the Light. One thing is true: All roads do lead to God and judgment. But only one road leads to God and Eternal Life in His presence. What each of us believes about Jesus Christ, determines where we spend Eternity.
If we look back to verses 28 – 30, we see Jesus speaking directly to the Father, “ ‘Father, glorify Your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘I have glorified it and will glorify it again.’ Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to Him.’ Jesus answered and said, ‘This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.’”
Jesus always keeps to His purpose. He testifies of the Father and the plan of salvation. Believe Him who sent Christ and believe in Christ, the Light “that you may become sons of light” (v.36).
I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness" (v. 46).
Walk in the Light and carry on!