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Resurrection and New Life 12: The Afterglow of Witnessing a Resurrection

Resurrection and New Life Day 12 – The Afterglow of Witnessing a Resurrection

“Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” (John 12:1-3, ESV)

Martha and Mary were transported to what some might consider a “mountaintop experience,” witnessing the resurrection power of Jesus, a glimpse of His glory, as He called Lazarus from the grip of death and the darkness of a stinky tomb!

We might imagine them floating in an awestruck afterglow for a long time. If I am honest, if I were in their shoes, I might be guilty of privately thinking I must be someone special for the Lord Jesus to have chosen my family in which to work such a miracle. But, rather than walking around in some self-proclaimed celebrity status, in John 12 we see all three of them back in their own home, faithfully filling their roles, as if nothing had changed.

Lazarus reclined at the table with Jesus. Though both were facing death threats from the religious leaders, they enjoyed unhurried time of fellowship over a meal.

Martha served. Although Jesus had led her to appreciate one-on-one dialogue with Him, she was gifted to extend generous hospitality. She did what she did best—for Him.

Mary worshiped. Near to the Savior, sitting at His feet, Mary understood what many around her may have failed to grasp. The Lord Jesus was days away from giving His life, fulfilling the Father’s eternal plan of redemption for us! She prepared Him for what lay ahead. She honored Him, and the fragrance of her worship filled the house, changing the atmosphere of their home.

The whole scene seems rather ordinary and wondrously extraordinary all at the same time. Here were uniquely created people, pieces to the same puzzle, all working together to cultivate a space where our Lord Jesus felt welcomed and honored.

It struck me to think that, at any moment, on any day, routine or once-in-a-lifetime, we can treasure it all as sacred, as a time to rest confidently in the Father’s plan, serve where He places us, and worship at His feet. Each of those acts will be a beautiful thing in His eyes.

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