Jesus’ ministry on earth

A huge part of Jesus’ ministry on earth was to show His children, that’s you and I a picture of what a father looks like.

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Interestingly the word father is used 122 times in the book of John precisely twice as many times as it is mentioned in Mathew which has the second place in the use of the word father bible league. Jesus’ ministry was full of His miracles. It wasn’t however His intention to give the impression that a good father is a miracle.

Jesus models the Father

Let’s take a look at a Father and a teacher all rolled into one, in action? Let’s take the raising of Lazarus from the dead?  He waits 2 days before moving, which means Lazarus has been in the tomb four days.  He is teaching all concerned that His timing transcends everything, even death. He teaches all involved patience.  Most importantly He allows time for news of to literally travel.  There was no Facebook in those days, just people on donkeys spreading the news.

News of Jesus’ ministry spreads.

News of this obviously important man’s demise took time to reach the many folk who would want pay their respects. Then they had to travel the short distance from Jerusalem to Bethany via foot or donkey. Maybe a camel or two for the rich ones.  In other words He lets the crowd build because He is about to perform possibly His biggest miracle to date.

The Crowd gathers.

He wants a crowd, not a crowd like you and I might want. No not one to show off to.  One to spread the news of what God did.  There’s a lot happening in this miracle already what if the most spectacular miracle to date.  A dead man, not just dead but dead, dead rotting in the grave for four days.  Not just any man but a well-regarded man who was Jesus friend.

The Greatest miracle.

Miracle of Lazarus.  Which translates from the Hebrew into English as God is my help.  This has stood the test of time as a great example of Jesus’ ministry.  The scientific term Lazarus taxon denotes organisms that reappear in the fossil record after a period of apparent extinction. The miracle of the raising of Lazarus, the longest coherent narrative in John aside from the Passion, is the climax of John’s “signs” or in other words Jesus’ ministry. It explains the crowds seeking Jesus on Palm Sunday, and leads directly to the decision of Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin to kill Jesus.  This is a BIG miracle, if you think of some of the other miracles and how they hit on the evangelist scale, the feeding of the 5000, whole villages getting saved when demons get delivered or after Jesus gives a word of knowledge to a woman with a dodgy past but this one is the one that gets you and me saved, this is the one Jesus was sent to earth for.

The Cross, the ultimate expression of Jesus’ ministry.

It’s always been about the cross, it always was, and it still is.  Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin where scared of Jesus but they were also scared of what would happen if they killed Jesus, scared if they didn’t kill Jesus but this level of miracle made them so scared they believed they had to kill Jesus or who knows what might happen to them.  If Jesus had not have been killed that He might rise again, there may very well have been no Christianity, no salvation for the gentiles, no peace on earth, no revelation of The Fathers heart, no, on and on and on.  Jesus understood The Fathers Heart, He knew what was going to happen but when it truly began He wept in John 11 v35 I believe at the prospect of the cross but prior to this in declared But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

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