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Lessons from Bethany

Lessons from Bethany

John 12: 1-11

Just six days before the last Passover. When all people went to Jerusalem, the Lord Jesus arrived at Bethany. The Lord was not interested in religion. He has brought life.

Before He went to the Cross the Lord Jesus wanted to meet three friends and share fellowship with them. He changed their lives in such a way that each of them can teach us something.

1. Lesson from sister Martha – she served the Lord Jesus (John 12:2).

The Lord Jesus came to serve. (Matthew 20: 28).

The goal of Jesus’ ministry was to glorify His Father. (John 5: 30b).

The local church exists to serve. (Heb. 9: 14).

2. Lesson from sister Mary – she loved the Lord Jesus (John 12:3).

The Lord Jesus came to show love (John 15: 9, 13).

He came because He has a deep love for sinners (Rom. 5:8).

The local church exists to express love (John 15:7, 9, 12, 17; 1 Thess. 4:9).

3. Lesson from brother Lazarus – he testified about the Lord Jesus (John 12:9).

The Lord Jesus came to testify about His Father (John 6:29; 8:29, 42; 10:30).

God the Father, the Scripture, the Holy Spirit testify about the Lord Jesus (John 5:37; 15:26).

The local church exists to testify about the Lord Jesus (Luke 24:14; John 15:8, 27).

Why am I here?

I am here to serve (Gal. 5:13).

I am here to love (Eph. 6:7).

I am here to witness for Him (Rom. 1:16).

We can do it if the Lord Jesus is in the centre! I can do all in Him and nothing without Him. (Phil. 4: 13; John 15: 4-5).

Lack of service, lack of love and lack of testimony

can be a proof that the Lord Jesus is not yet in the centre.

Only the Lord Jesus can make us serve, love and witness for Him!

Serve, love and testify!

Do it because of Him!

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;

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