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People Jesus Met two miles from Jerusalem on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives, there was a little village called Bethany. It was a little bedroom community, a suburb of the city of Jerusalem. It was to the little village of Bethany that the Lord Jesus came. John 11 tells us that there was in that little village a family that was very special to Jesus. It was the family of Mary and Martha and their brother, Lazarus. It was a very special place and it seemed to have been one of those places where Jesus could just get away for a while. It was a place of relaxation, a place of refreshment, a place of refuge. I guess all of us like to have places like that. Along the years in my ministry God has provided some wonderful places for me. I had a buddy up in Rome, Georgia, who was a barber. His barbershop was in his house. When I needed to get away and just kind of relax and rest, I'd go to old Bill Cook's house and I could just unwind a little. It was a great place. I think about a place I used to have in Mobile, Alabama. I had a member there who had a place down on the Dog River. I'd call him up and say, ''John, I'm coming out to spend a little while.'' When I got out there he would have iced down some diet cokes and things like that. It was a good place to get away and relax. A refuge, a little home away from home. This seems to have been the kind of place that Jesus came to in the home of Mary and Martha and Lazarus in the little village of Bethany.
It's a wonderful thing when Jesus Christ is welcome at your house. Is Jesus welcome at your house? He wants to be. He wants to be the silent listener to every conversation, the unseen guest at every meal. John 11:5 tells us that Jesus loved Mary and Martha and Lazarus. He was with them in the joyful times; He was with them in the times of sorrow. Jesus loves your family also. He loves every member of your family and He wants to be with you in the happy times. He ...
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