Manage episode 201168351 series 2126588
Travel along with Jesus and his disciples to Bethany, a village near Jerusalem, and the home of Lazarus, Jesus’ dear friend. As we arrive, we find Martha, Lazarus’ sister, waiting tearfully at the entrance of the village, where she delivers news that deeply moves Jesus: Lazarus has died. Angered, Martha and Mary—Lazarus’ other sister—believe that Jesus is too late; if he had come sooner, Lazarus would still be alive.
Jesus’ response leaves those around him puzzled and skeptical, yet draws them into an opportunity to trust him for the miraculous. Watching anxiously, the two sisters reflect on their brother’s death four days ago. Where do the limits of Jesus’ supernatural power lie? Is there anything He can’t do?
As the family of Lazarus and Jesus’ disciples watch in wonder and astonishment, Jesus does something that will, once again, reach the ears of Jewish authorities in Jerusalem, as well as Jesus’ plan to spend the quickly approaching Passover in the Holy City. Knowing that Jesus’ presence will gather great crowds during a time of outright political tension, posing a threat to the already precarious stability of Jerusalem, the Jewish High Priest concocts a plan to prevent any such occurrence.
Yet, the Sunday before Passover, Jesus and his disciples ride into the city and receive a magnificent greeting from the people: surely Jesus will be their king, the disciples and the gathering people believe. Jewish authorities become increasingly nervous about Jesus and his popularity with the people.
To what lengths will religious and political forces go to prevent an uprising? Is there anyone who will recognize the greater significance of Jesus’ message? Listen now to experience Jesus’ proclamation of hope and the threat it poses to the different systems vying for control.
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