- John 12:6-10
- John 12:6 (KJB)
- This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a
thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
- One characteristic about the Scriptures which we can always count on and
it is that they reveal the motives of evil men. Judas couldn’t care less
about the poor because he only cared for himself. If he got hold of 300
pence and then went out to distribute it to the poor, the only poor which
would have received the money was his poor pockets which would have to hold
all those coins. My late friend from Perth Amboy, Bob Uveges, once stated in
a Bible study many years ago and I will always remember what he said, that
Jesus wasn’t concerned about money because look who He let carry the bag. It
is true in this case. Giving money to send forth the Gospel is a ministry we
can do, some can give more and some less and we should definitely do that.
The lesson here though is that Jesus was concerned with our souls and did
not concern Himself with earthly things. After we become saved, then we
support missions and ministry with the money the Lord has given us. We must
never take after Judas and withhold any funds from the Gospel when we are
able to give. (1 John 3:17 KJV) But
whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth
up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in
him? Many times we accuse Judas of taking money
from the ministry of Jesus but how many times, when we have opportunity to
give and the means to give, do we take the money out of the bag and keep it
for ourselves? He that ears to hear, let him hear!
- John 12:7 (KJB)
- Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she
- Judas had aimed his rebuke at Mary but now Jesus rebukes Judas for his
remarks to Mary. Actually none of the disciples could have said anything to
Mary since it was Jesus who received the honor of her attention. It would
have been up to Him to correct her in any manner she needed but here Jesus
accepted her form of worship because it was a prophetic worship at this
time. What Mary did was like a precursor to the time in a few days when they
would go to the tomb and prepare the body with all of the spices and
ointments done in the traditions. Mary was basically prophesying the death
and burial of Jesus.
- John 12:8 (KJB)
- For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
- Jesus continues His rebuke of Judas reminding him that there will always
be poor people and that he can do good for them anytime.
(Mark 14:7 KJV) For ye have the poor with you
always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not
always. In both John 12:8 and Mark 14:7, Jesus
reminds Judas and also the other disciples that His time is limited on this
earth. He is not speaking about abandoning them, except Judas who died an
unbeliever, but the other disciples and all Christians, Jesus is with us for
all the time on earth up till the end of the world and then we will be with
Him for all eternity. What is in view in the two verses is that within the
next week Jesus will be crucified and then forty days after the
resurrection, He will go back to Heaven. His earthly ministry is coming to
an end and He wants to make this fact sure in their minds.
- John 12:9 (KJB)
- Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they
came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he
had raised from the dead.
- Much people - Great crowd
- The word had gotten out that Jesus was in Bethany and many of those who
were with the Jews came to Bethany, not only to see Jesus but also to see
Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead. They wanted to make sure it was
Lazarus. No doubt there must have been many people who went to Bethany since
the text speaks of a great crowd. I am sure that Jesus and Lazarus probably
had to hide to get some rest. It can almost be assured that many had
questioned Lazarus as to what transpired after he died. They wanted to know
exactly what the death experience was like. They probably asked him if he
went to Heaven and if he was able to see God? Nothing was recorded
concerning anything Lazarus saw in Heaven. It is a possibility that his
memory was wiped clean about those 4 days.
(2 Cor 12:4 KJV) How that he was caught up into
paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to
utter. Paul was also caught up into Heaven but was
not allowed to speak about it because it is a place reserved for the
believer and we could never fathom Heaven with earthly minds. This is why
Revelation 21 & 22 is couched in much symbolism so it can be understood by
the illumination of the Holy Spirit. While we are here on earth, we will
never have a full picture of Heaven till we get to glory.
- John 12:10 (KJB)
- But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to
- Now in their plot to kill Jesus, the chief priests had discussed the
feasibility of also killing Lazarus. If they killed Lazarus, then the next
generation would only see the raising of Lazarus as a story and not a real
event. The sooner they get rid of Lazarus, the sooner the evidence of his
resurrection would disappear. They wanted to wipe out every vestige of the
miracles of Christ and Lazarus was the evidence which was walking around. It
would have done no good to kill him because hundreds had seen him already
and many saw him walk out of the tomb, so the evidence was already planted
in the minds of the people but hatred always blinds one to reality.