The Irony Of God

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. — John 12:1-2

As we read this scripture, I think we know what's about to happen to Jesus. But for those gathered in the home of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary, they have not made the connection quite yet. It's not that they are unaware that the religious leaders are seeking to kill Jesus; everybody knows about that. Jesus himself is well aware of the danger he faces. But, they don't yet see the connection between Jesus's impending sacrifice and the sacrifice that they are celebrating.

The irony of the moment is striking. Sitting at the table is Jesus, the ultimate sacrificial lamb, about to celebrate the Passover—a commemoration initiated by the killing of sacrificial lambs. It was a celebration that involved the slaughter of tens of thousands of lambs. You would hear the bleating of sheep for miles. The juxtaposition of this moment is profound and sets the stage for the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus is about to make.

And fellas, this is what I love about reading the Bible. God does stuff like this all the time in the Bible. He tells us, shows us, and then reveals it to us again and again. And he has to beat it into our thick skulls that he is the Sovereign God that no man can outwit, outthink, and outmaneuver. Even John, who is writing this story, is telling us about it in his book because he did not see the irony at the moment it happened. And if you are a true believer in Jesus, you will see this work itself out in your life if walk with him long enough.


  1. How does the profound irony in Jesus' presence at the Passover table deepen your understanding of His sacrificial mission?
    In what ways can you personally relate to the concept of celebration and sacrifice intertwining in your own journey of faith?

DO THIS: Reflect on one moment of spiritual irony in your life and worship God.

PRAY THIS: God, give me strength and wisdom as I navigate the challenges of life, seeking your guidance and growing in my relationship with you. May I be a man of integrity, reflecting your love and grace in all that I do. Amen.

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10 thoughts on “The Irony Of God

  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    AWESOME song choice Brother Vince. I remember praying FERVENTLY for us to be able to sell our house when we moved from Virginia to Minnesota. After 2-3 years of bad renters and frustration, God answered our prayer, mine and my wife’s, in a different way. Because we kept the house, we were able to bless my sister-in-law with a permanent place to live, and she takes care of the home because that is where she intends to live for many years to come. I am glad that God works in His time and through His ways and that NOTHING can stop Him, not even fervent prayer for years. That’s my example of irony in my faith walk brothers.

  2. Troy Theye says:

    How many times does the Irony of the Bible set up straight!!!! WOW! Everyday it should, because the word is always there.

    Thank you Jesus.

  3. Shawn Lee says:

    Good Word brother! We need to be reminded daily and it only comes from His inspired Word! Thank you Vince.

  4. Sam Lynn says:

    Hey Vince! Thought you’d want to know that the devo didn’t get emailed yesterday. Consequently today’s (Monday) is actually labeled as yesterdays. And now there’s one on the website for today. But we weren’t emailed that link. Hope this makes sense. Thought you’d want to know

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