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JOHN 11:50-51 (Today’s Gospel Reading: John 11:45-56)

Jakarta, 9 April 2022

A Christian Pilgrim


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KASIHILAH TUHAN ALLAHMU DST.Isn’t it ironic how Jesus’ gift of life was the catalyst that led to His own death? New of His raising of Lazarus from death prompted the Jewish council’s decision to have Jesus killed (John 11:45-53). And so, the stage was set for the drama that would unfold in Jerusalem.

Yet, even as men plotted His arrest, Jesus knew that these developments were part of a plan that God had been preparing for centuries. The final pieces were being put into place. The time had come for God’s plan to be fulfilled. In a very short time, Jesus would “gather into one the dispersed children of God” through His death on the cross (John 11:52). Even Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest, prophesied unwittingly yet accurately when he declared, “It is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed” (John 11:50).

How meticulously God had planned for this moment! At the very beginning of human events, when our first parents fell into sin, He gave the first hints of His plan by speaking of an offspring to Eve who would crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:12-15). As time progressed, God spoke through various prophets of an “anointed one” (Isaiah 61:1-2), a mysterious suffering servant (Isaiah 42:1-9) who would be “wounded for our transgressions … bruised for our inequities … like a lamb that is led to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:5,7). Now the time of fulfillment had come, and Jesus’ persecutors were the very ones to set in motion the events that we will relive in this coming Holy Week.

When we (you and I) look at a crucifix, what do we see? The climax of a plan God promised to fulfill ages ago? The work of a loving Father who has gone to great lengths to bring us back to Himself? Or just a good man who met an untimely end? Through the cross, the entire world has been redeemed. Every man and woman is invited to experience intimate union with God. Let’s fix our eyes on the cross each day this week and ask the Holy Spirit to expand our vision.

Jakarta, 12 April 2014

A Christian Pilgrim


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