Scripture: John 12:9-19
Key verse: (19) “You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!”
Reflection: Over the years, I have noticed a pattern in Jesus’ ministry, and that is that he always seems to be bringing life where there once was no life at all. Just before this text, Jesus has gone to Mary’s house and raised her brother, Lazarus, from the dead. That’s a life-from-death story if I’ve ever heard one. But it is also a story about joy where there was once only sorrow, courage where there was once only fear, possibility where there once was only finality. Because of Jesus, a man came to life! That’s an amazing story! It is so amazing, in fact, that according to John, it is the reason crowds gathered to wave palms as Jesus entered Jerusalem. They wanted to catch a glimpse of the man who has the power to bring life.
Where have you seen Jesus at work in this way in the world, or in your own life? When have you experienced renewal after a rut? When have you been courageous when it would have been easier to slink away? Who has helped you remember God’s love when you’ve felt utterly alone? Have you ever experienced the joy that comes in the morning after a long night of grief? What a miracle! Jesus’ ministry of life has touched you.
Take some time today to think about how you might share Jesus’ ministry of life with a hurting world.
Prayer: Dear God, you call us to life and life abundant. Give me wisdom and boldness in sharing the gifts of life with others. Amen.
Author: Anna Dickson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].