John 11, 1-3
Something to read
1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, `Lord, he whom you love is ill.'
New Revised Standard Version
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Something to think about
Many people believe that God loves the world, but do not appreciate the truth that He loves them. The most common responses are, ‘I’m not good enough,’ ‘I’m not sure.’
It is obvious from their message in verse 3 that the sisters knew that Jesus loved their brother. The Greek word used is in fact phileo, which was commonly used to describe love within a friendship. Just to think, Lazarus had that depth of relationship with Jesus.
How many of us know that certainty of God’s love? Yes God does love you!
In the previous verse [v2] the writer of the gospel inserts a reference to Mary anointing Jesus with perfume and wiping his feet with her hair [see 12:3]. In these few words he describes a powerful scene of love, adoration and worship going on, probably in response to what Jesus has done for them as a family.
The picture is powerful, but it does raise the question whether our own worship and thanksgiving has such depth? Surely, knowing the reality of God’s love in our own lives should bring forth such adoration and giving.
Something to do
Choose a scripture reading that sums up God’s love for you.
Memorise it, so it is always within your thinking.
Reflect on it as you lay down at night, and as you rise in the morning.
Allow it to become an integral part of your thoughts.
Something to pray
Set aside at least ten to fifteen minutes.
Find a place or a room where you can be alone before God.
Choose something that reminds you of Christ’s love for you e.g. a small carpenter’s nail, a crucifix or cross, a picture of Christ.
Through it spend time meditating on God’s love for you.
Then express your gratitude.
You may wish to sing, dance, be silent, laugh, cry or just lay prostrate on the floor before God. In all of these focus your adoration on God.
Today's contributor is The Rev Frazer Hawkes, a retired Methodist minister, who is a volunteer with Christian Aid's London and South East team.