9 February 2018 Verse of the Day

I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  (Isaiah 61:10 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Death of Lazarus
Joh 11:1
  Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 
Joh 11:2  (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 
Joh 11:3  So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” 
Joh 11:4  When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 
Joh 11:5  Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 
Joh 11:6  So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 
Joh 11:7  and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” 
Joh 11:8  “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” 
Joh 11:9  Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 
Joh 11:10  It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.” 
Joh 11:11  After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” 
Joh 11:12  His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 
Joh 11:13  Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. 
Joh 11:14  So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 
Joh 11:15  and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 
Joh 11:16  Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” 
I Am the Resurrection and the Life
Joh 11:17  On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 
Joh 11:18  Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 
Joh 11:19  and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 
Joh 11:20  When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 
Joh 11:21  “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 
Joh 11:22  But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” 
Joh 11:23  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 
Joh 11:24  Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 
Joh 11:25  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 
Joh 11:26  and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 
Joh 11:27  “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” 
Jesus Weeps
Joh 11:28  After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 
Joh 11:29  When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 
Joh 11:30  Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 
Joh 11:31  When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. 
Joh 11:32  When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 
Joh 11:33  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 
Joh 11:34  “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 
Joh 11:35  Jesus wept. 
Joh 11:36  Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 
Joh 11:37  But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” 
Jesus Raises Lazarus
Joh 11:38  Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 
Joh 11:39  “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 
Joh 11:40  Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” 
Joh 11:41  So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 
Joh 11:42  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 
Joh 11:43  When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 
Joh 11:44  The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” 
The Plot to Kill Jesus
Joh 11:45  Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 
Joh 11:46  But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 
Joh 11:47  Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 
Joh 11:48  If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.” 
Joh 11:49  Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 
Joh 11:50  You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” 
Joh 11:51  He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 
Joh 11:52  and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 
Joh 11:53  So from that day on they plotted to take his life. 
Joh 11:54  Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples. 
Joh 11:55  When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. 
Joh 11:56  They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?” 
Joh 11:57  But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him. 

Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany
Joh 12:1
  Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 
Joh 12:2  Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 
Joh 12:3  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. 
Joh 12:4  But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 
Joh 12:5  “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 
Joh 12:6  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. 
Joh 12:7  “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 
Joh 12:8  You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” 
The Plot to Kill Lazarus
Joh 12:9  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. 
Joh 12:10  So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 
Joh 12:11  for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him. 
The Triumphal Entry
Joh 12:12  The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 
Joh 12:13  They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” 
Joh 12:14  Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: 
Joh 12:15  “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” 
Joh 12:16  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. 
Joh 12:17  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. 
Joh 12:18  Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 
Joh 12:19  So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!” 
Some Greeks Seek Jesus
Joh 12:20  Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 
Joh 12:21  They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 
Joh 12:22  Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 
Joh 12:23  Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 
Joh 12:24  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. 
Joh 12:25  Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 
Joh 12:26  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 
The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up
Joh 12:27  “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. 
Joh 12:28  Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 
Joh 12:29  The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. 
Joh 12:30  Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 
Joh 12:31  Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 
Joh 12:32  And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 
Joh 12:33  He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. 
Joh 12:34  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’?” 
Joh 12:35  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. 
The Unbelief of the People
Joh 12:36  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. 
Joh 12:37  Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 
Joh 12:38  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?” 
Joh 12:39  For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: 
Joh 12:40  “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.” 
Joh 12:41  Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him. 
Joh 12:42  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; 
Joh 12:43  for they loved human praise more than praise from God. 
Jesus Came to Save the World
Joh 12:44  Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 
Joh 12:45  The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 
Joh 12:46  I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. 
Joh 12:47  “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. 
Joh 12:48  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. 
Joh 12:49  For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 
Joh 12:50  I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard