Today's Reading: John 11: 47-57
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Please click this link to read John 11: 47-57
This passage gives us a clear picture of why the authorities wanted Jesus to die and the right time, God's time for Jesus to die.
N.T. Wright explains how the two timing coming into one:
Jesus, it seems, was anxious on his own account to save the sheep from just those wolves. There is a strange coming together between his own sense of the father's vocation (to protect the sheep from the predators, even at the cost of his own life) and the cynical suggestion of Caiaphas that if one person were to die the whole nation might be spared.
For those wolves, they wanted Jesus to die because they did not want the Romans to come in destroying them and the whole nation because they thought Jesus was to stir up a revolution just like all those revolutionary movements in recent times. For Jesus, it was God's time for him to die in the festival of Passover, when the lambs were killed to celebrate God's promise of freedom.
What have you got from this two-fold timing? God's timing is always the best timing! Do you believe that? Do you still afraid of dying?
Have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"
What I heard from Jesus today is: Right timing to die!
What Jesus revealed to me today is to have a good example to remove the fear of death. If you tell me that you do not afraid to die, I think you must be joking. When the time comes, I think no one can say that there is no fear. But, how about if you have a daily intimate personal relationship with Jesus. I am sure that will be another story. You will surely know that you cannot die if that is not the right timing for God to welcome you in heaven. And if that's the right timing, then I don't think anyone on earth can stop that to happen.
So, from now on we should enjoy everyday God gives us to live and have no fear of death. If and only if we have a daily intimate personal relationship with Jesus! Nothing more and nothing less!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to enjoy life everyday believing that you have the right time to take care of us because you are our good shepherd. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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