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John 12:9-11

Joh 12:9 That was why a large crowd of the Jews found out that he is there. They came not only on account of Jesus but also so they could see Lazarus, the one he had raised from the dead ones.

Joh 12:10 But the chief priests had resolved to also kill Lazarus,

Joh 12:11 because many of the Jews were deserting them and were believing in Jesus on account of him.

A display item

When I served as a missionary in the Philippines, I went to a few weddings. You never know exactly who is going to show up to a Filipino wedding. Lots of people are invited, but usually a lot more people show up. It can be a management nightmare. Such was probably the case for Martha. People were coming from all over Jerusalem because they wanted to see Jesus, and Lazarus.

Lazarus had gained celebrity status when Jesus raised him from the dead. He was now a display item in the museum of Jesus’ works.

Lord, change us so much by your Holy Spirit that we become display items, drawing people to you.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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