A New Thing is Coming

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Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 by Chris Meigh

Things don’t carry on the same
  1. A new thing is to happen, not like before.

    Based on a reading from Isaiah 43:16-25 (NLT)

    ‘I am about to do something new’ (v19)

    • WHERE THERE WAS – a dry path through the waters of the Red Sea
    • THERE WILL BE – different, a path through the wilderness, with water in the desert
    • THINK: do I see any sign of a new thing coming in my life? Am I threatened by it, or full of anticipation?

    And reading through to the end of verse 25, Israel do not respond…

    And yet, forgiveness of sins is coming – it is entirely from God, not earned by them.

  2. Martha and Mary

    Living in Bethany (near Jerusalem).

    • Martha prepares the meal, Mary listens to Jesus.

      Based on a reading from John 12:1-10 (NLT)

      Martha ‘does the right thing’ according to normal custom, but this is not normal – it’s a chance to listen to Jesus. Take it while you can!

    • Martha serves the meal

      Based on a reading from John 12:1-10 (NLT)

      Lazarus (whom Jesus had earlier raised from the dead) is there among the other diners, eating. Mary opens the perfume jar, essence of nard, 12oz of which would have cost 1 year’s labourers wages.

Meditation

Put yourself in the described situation, e.g. as one of the disciples at the table.

The background: It’s six days before Passover. Jesus is ‘going up to Jerusalem’, where recently he has been threatened, and withdrew. John 11:57 says,

“the leading priests and Pharisees had publicly ordered that anyone seeing Jesus must report it immediately, so they could arrest him.’

Who is there? – Jesus, his disciples including Judas Iscariot, Lazarus, Martha, Mary

What do you see, hear, taste, and then smell?

As a disciple, what is the response inside you to Judas’ complaint – before Jesus speaks?

The ointment: Jesus accepts the expensive gift, for his ‘burial’

“You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.’

Take opportunities when they are available. Opportunities will come along. They won’t always be there.

John 12:10 – the leading priests’ solution to the trouble caused by the raising of Lazarus from the dead is, to kill Lazarus!

They are stuck with the same old script. But God is doing a new thing!

Pray that you will not be stuck in a rut if God is moving in a new way, but to have discernment as to what is from God!

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