Tuesday, July 8, 2014

These Things Were Written

John 12-9-16

Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! The King of Israel!"

Then Jesus, when He found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt."

His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. 

The Word of God and Jesus the Word of God. It amazes me constantly that there is no separation between the two. "As it was written" so shall it be. The Word of God written and in the flesh that we might know Him.

Those who knew the written Word were so adamant about killing the Word. They had read and heard the words. And here He was and they wanted to kill Him. And now they wanted to get rid of  further evidence by killing Lazarus too. Did they not realize that the Word would never die? Hallelujah.

As was written in Zechariah 9:9, this humble Man who would be the King of the world, rode in on a donkey. This is the King of all those who believe in Him, listen to Him speak through His Word, obey and follow Him. It will be a sad day when those who have rejected Him realize their mistake. Perhaps then the Words He has spoken, too, will be remembered.

The Word is defined in Strong's Concordance as: a word, uttered by a living voice; the sayings of God; moral precepts given by God; doctrine, teaching; in John it is the essential Word of God, Jesus Christ, the personal wisdom and power in union with God. This word comes from a root word which means: to say, to speak, affirm, teach, exhort, advise, command, direct, point out, mean, to call by name, to call, to speak out. If God is eternal, so are His Words and so is the Word, Jesus. These things were written...that we might know.

Jesus is and has done all these definitions. He has been and is glorified. He calls each of us to believe what He says because what He says is true. He calls out that, like Lazarus, we might all be made alive in and through Christ. Shake off the grave clothes and hear Him speak. He is eternal; we can share in that eternal life through Him. We must not only receive the Word, written and in the flesh, but the Word must live within us, be written in our hearts. These things were written that we might believe. How well do you know Jesus?

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will no no means pass away. (Numbers 23:19, Psalm 119:89, Matthew 24:35)

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