Jesus goes to Bethany
v9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
Jesus goes to Jerusalem
v17-18 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him
-There was definitely a buzz about Jesus around town. Everywhere he went people were intrigued. He was doing supernatural miracles (feeding the thousands from one lunch, healing the cripple man, healing the blind man, raising the dead). Those in power were nervous because of his gleaming popularity (because they were threatened).
The people were intrigued by Jesus.
As Christ followers, our goal is to be like this. Of course we can't do some of these miracles (or can we)? That's a different topic for a different day, but my point is that as Christians, are we offering a sense of intrigue to our savior? Is our life causing a curiosity to make others want to meet Jesus themselves?
Lazarus was definitely empowered by Jesus having been raised from the dead and people wanted to see. They wanted to know. They wanted to be close and get to know the man behind the power and what it was.
Perhaps the only way that some people can come to know Jesus is through us. But are we offering through our lives, through our speech, through our actions?
As I am leaving my current school district to join another, I was thinking about God's presence there... or what I perceived to be a lack of. I then had a vision of a woman that is just radiant with her faith. I really felt like I needed to share my appreciation with some of the conversations that we have had. I was able to tell her and I feel like it was important to her.
We all like praise and to be praised. This was part of my faith test this year as I didn't receive much of that for work (quite the opposite), but a co-worker/friend left me a beautiful note similar to what I told the other employee. It really meant the world upon my exit.
I guess my point being, we are called to be the light, to offer intrigue for our father and to encourage each other in doing so, so that others can see His power glorified.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Thanks to Lisa for her encouragement when I haven't really felt like I've been doing a lot for my savior lately but it was what I needed in looking back and moving forward.