The leaders thought they were the ones in control, making the decision that Jesus had to die and from that moment plotted to murder Him! But God was in ultimate control (Acts 2:23-40)! Jesus retired to Ephraim to rest and wait with His disciples! They knew from past experience Jesus attended the feasts in Jerusalem, publicly taught people, and always upset the apple cart in the temple complex (John 2:13-21). He spoke and acted boldly then, but would He dare return now with a bounty on His head? That was the question of the day as people from all over poured into Jerusalem. Josephus recorded for this particular Passover over 250,000 sheep were sacrificed, 1 for each family, which meant there were over 2.5 million people there! But rather than gather around to worship and grow closer to God, many stood around gossiping, whispering, conspiring, and waiting and watching for Jesus so they could kill Him! You’d expect anyone witnessing Jesus bringing a dead dude back to life would reconsider their understanding of religion and repent and follow Him. But Lazarus came back from the dead, and people wanted to kill Jesus for it not repent because of it! This forces us to examine our own hearts and motives, what we believe to be true of Jesus, and how we spend our time in God’s temple and among His people the Church! Some realize they’ve received His grace and mercy while not deserving it and repent and believe in Him as Lord and Savior and follow Him by faith! Then they’re blown away by the smallest miracles, are grateful, and worship Him! While others witness incredible miracles but have only contempt in their heart for Jesus because they can’t see past themselves in order to see and come to Him! They arrive at church to stand around gossiping, whispering, complaining, and conspiring over fleshly desires instead of being grateful, loving, and worshiping Jesus!
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17
This is the 5th verse from the end of the Bible, and it boils down the entirety of scripture and chapter 11 into 1 clear, concise directive to be embraced and shared by everyone! Come! Not in the sense of the question the Jerusalem Jews are asking, “Will He come to us so we can seize Him?” No, the question for each of us today is: “Will you submit yourself and come to Him so He can save YOU? Will you get over yourself, your complaints, your arguments, your place long enough to come to Him?”
Lesson4Life: Salvation is free. Get over yourself and come to Jesus to receive it!