1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
9 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. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.
12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”
16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
17 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. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him.
19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.”
22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.”
When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.
37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:
“Lord, who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
“He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
nor understand with their hearts,
nor turn—and I would heal them.”
41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.
Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, Joanna, wife of Chuza, who managed the household of Herod Antipas, Jarius, Cornelius, Pontius Pilate's wife, Jesus cures the son of a royal official, the guard at the crucifixion and at the tomb. Herod wanted to meet Jesus Luke 23:8. Officials from the Isle of Crete, called the Jewish Dispersion wanted Jesus to visit there.
12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico (Temple 36 acres). 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him.
But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human praise more than praise from God.
44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
In Judaism, the Date Palm (Lulav) is one of the Four Species used in the daily prayers on the feast of Sukkot. Prayers.
During the Roman Empire, the Date Palm represented Judaea and its fecundity to both Romans and Jews. The Palm appears also on at least one Hasmonean coin and on coinage issued in 38–39 AD by Herod Antipas.
In 1965, Judean Date Palm seeds dated at around 2000 years old were recovered during excavations at Herod the Great's palace on Masada in Israel. In 2005, some of the seeds were planted. One grew and has been nicknamed "Methuselah." Alive today.
Palms were symbols of prayer, Rome and Victory. This was political loaded dice. Sure to irritate Pontios Pīlate, Prefect of Judea. And cause comment between Herod, Pilate and the Jewish Officials.
There is the conflict of the Pharisees always harping to gain control over miracles and anything they considered their power should hold over.
Yesterday we looked at a list of people rising from the dead in Scriptures. We could look at 100 prophesies that Jesus, as Messiah, is going to die. This was explained away and is reason why the Magi would knock on Herod's door to see the child.
Why does one of the four Gospels record a miracle and another not? Why are there 4 Gospels.
Jesus sent the Disciples two by two. All the time. Not all the Disciples were on hand all the time. Jesus records sending two Disciples to find a room for the New Covenant. Only some Disciples accompanied Jesus to the Transfiguration. Disciples were sent on errands to find the colt, two by two.
John fully explains why people were in conflict at the events surrounding Jesus. Even the colt and donkey, in various Gospels, have two Disciples going to get the animal and another pair on another errand. We are then told multitudes are in the parade. There are no stands, this is people looking over and around other people. This is a very, very frightening, charged political rally of a desire to see the Holy Spirit reign.
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."
Father God, God Almighty, has taken the incredulity of these amazing signs, the joy of the people, the conflict to explain why this needs to be explained four times.
Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
And the men who record what they know as Gospel of God's Only Son, is written in their orderly thinking. They are building, for you, a strong house, a house of faith where your hope and love can remain. They are eye witnesses to Jesus. They want your House of Faith to be so strong, no storm will shake your faith.
1 John 3
23 This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again."
Jesus is, today, passionate, to be know to us. To have our heart and soul open to Jesus.
Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true."
Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me."
What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith.
Father God, God of Israel, Father of Jesus,
Would bless me and enlarge my territory!
Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm
so that I will be free from pain.’
Please granted my request.
Help our good works give glory to You, Father.
And help these works draw more to the Love of You, Steadfast and Enduring, Father God.
With gratitude for the blessings You have showered upon this Nation. Help us to be sufficient in what life asks from us - to the credit of Jesus. Help us to be generous. Thank You foe what You have Blessed me with.
Help me to bless those who have blessed me. Help all things work together for good, as we love and honor Jesus the Lord.
We confess our imperfections and fall short of Your Glory, please in Jesus count us worthy to be covered by the Name of Jesus. The blessing of sins forgiven.
In Faith, we turn to You, Father God for our concerns, our loved ones, and the People You have given us. We ask that the news we read is held up to You, for Your Goodness and Help.
In Jesus we rest knowing we cast our cares up to You, You have Greatly Loved me.
Amen in Jesus!
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