Uplifting commentary on the Gospels, Acts, early Apostolic history, and a life of discipleship.
Archaeologists discovered a first century tomb at Bethany containing Jewish burial ossuaries. One of the bone boxes bore the name Martha. Another bore the name Lazarus. Is this the final resting place of the man Yeshua resurrected?
The Holy Spirit spoke a prophecy and proclaimed the gospel through the mouth of the wicked Caiaphas, a reminder that God works in many ways one hardly expects, and He speaks through many voices one would never anticipate. Messianic enthusiasm over Yeshua had been progressively building in Judea.
Everybody Yeshua raised from the dead eventually died again. There is a big difference between a resurrection and resuscitation. The Master called down into the darkness of the tomb with a loud cry, “Lazar! Come out!” His shout into the darkness recalls His earlier words.
What’s the shortest verse in the Bible? It’s right next to the biggest miracle our Master ever performed. The words “Yeshua wept” (John 11:35) introduce the resurrection of Lazarus.Yeshua wept over the death of His friend Lazarus. The people were saying, “See how He loved him!”
He did not do miracles to show off. He was not a magician or performer. And He refused to do signs and wonders to prove Himself. So why did He raise Lazarus from the dead? Martha, the sister of Lazarus, objected to opening her brother’s tomb.
Most Christians believe in life after death, but have you ever heard of life before death? Martha wept at the death of her brother. Yeshua assured her, “Your brother will rise again.” She thought He referred to the future resurrection of the righteous in the Messianic Age.
Ever been afraid of the dark? It’s natural to be afraid of what we cannot see, but when exposed to the light, the shadows of darkness flee. Yeshua wanted to travel to Bethany, a suburb of Jerusalem, to visit His sick friend Lazarus.
As the hour of the Passover sacrifice drew near, a growing stream of pilgrims filled the road leading to the city gates. Passing near Golgotha, they saw a knot of people standing around the three crosses on the rock. Naturally, they inquired about the victims.
Up until His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Yeshua of Nazareth tried to keep His messianic identity quiet. He warned His followers and disciples not to tell anyone who He was. He hushed up the eerie voices of the possessed, which tried to declare His identity. When Simon Peter confessed, “You are the Messiah,” He told him not to reveal it to anyone. By sending for a donkey, however, He indicated a shift in public policy.
On the seventh day of the festival they encircled the altar seven times, chanting out a litany of “hoshanas,” preparing for the final water libation. The worshipers shook their palm branches to create a rushing sound like wind and rain. They thrashed them against the sides of the altar.