Chapter 12 of the Gospel of John in the New Testament tells of some exciting events.
We learn that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. People saw that happen and the news spread quickly. People came from surrounding areas in order to see Jesus and assure themselves that; indeed, Jesus called him from his tomb.
17 The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.
18 For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.
They turned away from the priests because of it and turned toward Jesus. They knew that he raised people from the dead and that he is the Son of God.
19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? Behold, the world is gone after him.
When Jesus approached the city, they made him welcome. They 13 "Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to
meet him, and cried, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
Two Greeks, Phillip, and Andrew desired him, saying, “Sir, we would see Jesus.”
23 And Jesus answered them, saying, “the hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.”
24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
25 “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”
26 “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.”
These men witnessed or heard about the miracles Jesus performed. They believed and welcomed him with rejoicing and laid down palm fronds to cushion his pathway. They knew who Jesus was.
Do you know who Jesus is? If not, try to find Him. Open your heart because He is waiting for you today.
March 24 is Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter.
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