Daily Bible Podcast Day 221 – Jeremiah 3-4, John 11

June 9, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan


“So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go back to Judea.’

‘But Rabbi,’ they said, ‘a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?’

So then he told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’

Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.'” ~John 11:6-8, 14-16

There’s a lot of interesting stuff here, but the disciples are my focus. When Jesus says that He wants to go back to Judea to see Lazarus, the disciples question Him, since the Jewish leaders are looking to kill Him at this point. They are worried about His safety. Yet, in verse 16, Thomas clearly believes enough that Jesus is the Messiah that he convinces the others that if Jesus is going to die, they should go die with Him. So, they believe enough to go die with Him, but evidently not enough to be confident that Jesus will be safe in Judea. Not that Jesus’ endgame is safety anyway.

Do I believe enough to follow Jesus to death? I believe, but sometimes I don’t have the courage to follow Jesus if it even means some minor ridicule.

Jesus, Your disciples, despite their waverings, were ultimately willing to follow You to death. Even though I won’t see what they physically saw, show me spiritually what You showed them. I want assurance and courage and Your Spirit and whatever else Your disciples had that gave them the confidence to follow You all the way. I don’t just want to be a “somewhat” or a “mostly” follower.

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