MARTHA, MARY & LAZARUS: what the gospels actually say about them
3 days ago Was Lazarus the “beloved disciple” of Jesus -- and maybe even his same-sex lover? Bible scholars believe may have had male-male sexual relationships. the Evangelist and even Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Lazarus of Bethany, also known as Saint Lazarus or Lazarus of the Four Days, is the subject of a prominent miracle of Jesus in the Gospel of John, in which. Martha was serving, and Lazarus was among those present at the table 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was going to.
Africa, and Simon Magus, a Samaritan. Here we meet Simon of Bethany. The Pharisees were a group who tried to keep all the Mosaic Law. They were believers in the Supernatural and the Resurrection.
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This Simon held a supper in his home and invited Jesus and his disciples to eat. Luke does not put this story in chronological sequence, as Matthew Henry also observes in his commentary on this passage. When we look at the events surrounding this supper we see that this must be the same event recorded by Matthew, Mark and John.
Matthew puts this event just prior to the arrest and crucifixion. This is significant, in so far as a leper was not allowed to mingle in company; but was required to remain outside the town.
There is only one conclusion; this man had been healed of leprosy. Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary are identified as present, Lazarus at the feast, Martha serving, and Mary coming in with the ointment. Mary's act of anointing Jesus is noted, and multiple voices of criticism are raised Matt. Jesus says that Mary's sins have been forgiven.
He makes it plain to Simon that grace, and not the law, apply to the repentant heart Luke 7: Luke tactfully omits her name and the location of the event, but says clearly she was a Sinner, the Greek word used is a 'prostitute'. The Gospels do not really mention Judas all that often, but we do read of Judas being sent out by Jesus, along with the other 11 Matthew Imagine, Judas was used of our Lord to manifest His power over the demons, and over every kind of illness: Who would have ever imagined that he would refuse to trust in Jesus as his Messiah?The Tower of Babel & Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead - Holy Tales Bible Stories
Think of all the miracles which took place before the eyes of Judas. He witnessed the casting out of demons, the giving of sight to the blind even a man born blind—John 9and the raising of the dead e.
He was there when Jesus stilled the storm see Luke 8: He took part in the feeding of the 5, John 6: Not so with Judas. And yet Judas seems to be the last one any of the disciples would have suspected of being the betrayer of whom our Lord was speaking. He seems to have been seated in the place of honor at the Last Supper, beside our Lord. He was the one entrusted with the money that was given to our Lord John Even when Jesus indicated that Judas was His betrayer by giving him the bread, the disciples still did not recognize him for who he really was.
I know the ones I have chosen. His words apply to those whom He has chosen. The inference is clear: In particular, I think it is the words of verse They, as His disciples, are to do as their Master has shown them. Jesus has just said that the real blessing is not just in knowing and understanding what He has taught them, but in doing what He commands.
If they His disciples do what He has commanded, they will be blessed. Good works are of great benefit to the Christian. When good works are done apart from faith in Jesus Christ for salvation and sanctification, they are actually an insult to God. Thus, only the Christian can be truly blessed by doing what God commands. The things of which our Lord is speaking to His disciples are very important, and of great value to His true disciples excluding Judas.
His words are prophetic, spelling out what the future holds for Him and for Judas. The things of which He is speaking actually fulfill prophecy.
Judas, who is reclining beside Jesus, and is about to take the bread which He offers, is one whose terrible betrayal has been foretold.
John now cites Psalm In the ancient world, sharing a meal together was almost to make a covenant in fact covenants were often made in association with a meal. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.
To share a meal with guests was to offer them not only provisions, but protection. If the host made such commitments to his guest sone would expect the guest to reciprocate in some way. What a horrible thing Judas is about to do to His Master, and immediately after eating His bread. John wants us to see that all this was prophesied ahead of time. He wants His disciples to know that much prophecy will not be understood at the time it is being fulfilled, but in hindsight, it can be seen clearly.
Disciple Jesus Loved Lazarus
He tells them these things which will occur in the future so that they will believe when these prophecies are fulfilled. Then His disciples will know that Jesus was in full control, bringing about that which the Father had purposed in eternity past.
In His earthly sojourn, Jesus was always in control. He was never, a helpless victim. In verses 19 and 20, Jesus makes it very clear that all of this is about believing in Him. Jesus tells His disciples what is going to happen ahead of time, so that when these things take place they will remember He told them beforehand and believe in Him as the Messiah. This is the thrust of verse Although these words seem to be directed to His believing disciples, I cannot help but wonder if this is not also one last appeal to Judas to believe.
To betray Jesus is certainly the opposite of believing in Him. Now it was night. Now, our Lord is greatly distressed at the thought of one of His own followers betraying Him How easy it would have been for our Lord to reveal the identity of His betrayer, or at least to expose him as a thief.
I can imagine that Peter would have happily used his sword on Judas, if he had known what would happen in the next few hours. But Jesus remains silent, determined to die as the Father had purposed. At the same time, Jesus was greatly distressed over the destiny of Judas. Is this not an example of what Jesus Himself had taught?
They knew what He said, though they could hardly grasp its true meaning. But taking His words at face value, they knew that one of them was, in some way, going to betray Jesus.
Simon’s Son Judas
John focuses his attention on 4 of the When informed that one of them would betray Him, the 11 disciples responded one way, while Judas responded differently: It would be better for that man if he had not been born. Each of the believing disciples asks his Lord if it is him; Judas asks the Rabbi. After all Judas has seen and heard, Jesus is still only a teacher to him.
Peter wants to find out who this betrayer is. If he had not been so far away from Jesus, he could have asked the Master privately himself.
Jesus did not give John a name, but indicated that the betrayer would be the one to whom He would give a piece of bread, dipped in the dish verse For the moment, Jesus focuses His attention on Judas. Jesus dipped a piece of bread in the dish and handed it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. What an incredible, defining, moment this was! Jesus and Judas must have locked eyes.
Judas had to have known that Jesus knew everything. Jesus knew Judas was the betrayer. He knew Judas did not really believe in Him. He knew Judas had already reached an agreement with the chief priests. He knew that Judas would soon go to the Jewish authorities, and lead them to Him, to arrest Him. In spite of all this, Judas reached out and took the bread, knowing what that meant. It forever sealed his doom. If Judas and Jesus knew exactly what was going on, the rest of the disciples were without a clue.
That is what John makes very clear to us in verses I crouched on the earth in sorrow and supplication. The crowd around me began to murmur. I blocked out the sounds and sights around me and felt the grief that seemed to be tearing a hole in my divine heart.
The impact of my tears on the earth set up a tiny vibration. I tuned into it and recognized the husky whisper of the Holy Spirit. I knew what it meant. I dashed to the tomb and tried to roll the stone away, but it was too heavy for me.
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Martha came up behind me, speaking gently. He died four days ago. He placed his long, gnarled fingers next to my younger ones on the stony surface. I turned to look in his eyes.