Midweek Focus Bible Study 21 Barry Road John 12: 1-50
23rd May 2019
19:30- 21:00
After the raising of Lazarus, many more people believed in Jesus. The Pharisees could no longer curb the rising tide of support for this Miracle Worker, so they turned to their rivals, the Sadducees, to help them plot Jesus’ death. Killing Jesus was for the good of the nation, the Sadducees smugly rationalized during the Sanhedrin council, saying, If we allow him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in him. Then the Roman army will come and destroy both our Temple and our nation. (John 11:48) Of course, their interests were entirely self-protective. The Sadducees were
comprised of wealthy priests, and the temple was their silk purse. They feared Rome would counter any groundswell of civil unrest from Jesus’ followers with a tidal wave of destruction, wiping out their livelihood along with the temple. In the end, Jesus would die for the good of the nation . . . and the world. But He would make His sacrifice in His own time, so He withdrew with His disciples to Ephraim, a remote city north of Jerusalem (John 11:53–54). In seclusion, “Jesus stopped his public ministry” (11:54) and prepared for His final week.


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