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On Account of Him

 

John 12:9-11

 

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. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.

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When I first read this passage, “on account of him” seemed to stand out like it was in bold print with light shining on it.  As soon as I saw it, I thought in relation to myself, ‘on account of me’ are people going over to Jesus?  I thought of others asking the same question of themselves.

 

I tried to write my thoughts about this for a couple of weeks, but it never seemed right.  I think now I know why.  Little did I know when I first had this thought of Lazarus dying that my youngest brother was about to have a similar dying experience.  Though his lasted minutes instead of days, still the effect was the same.

 

As with Lazarus, Jesus could have shown up and prevented all that happened.  Instead, He allowed the brush with death but saw to it that it did not ‘end in death’.  Had my brother not been in just the right place a couple of times, it could have been more than just a brush.

 

Because of the way everything happened, I know that he and his wife had the definite sense that God was with them and that He must have a plan and purpose for their lives.  I could not help but to think that like with Lazarus, on account of them, many could go over to Jesus and put their faith in Him.

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