Monday, March 5, 2012

Dead Man Walking

Have you ever seen anyone raised from the dead (except for in zombie movies)? I mean, imagine the scene at the tomb of Lazarus in John 11 when Jesus says, "Lazarus, come out!" And out walks a dead man who is no longer dead.

I am inspired by this story for a few reasons:

1) Jesus actually delays two more days after hearing the news of his sick friend Lazarus--which teaches us that God's timing is not always our timing.

2) After seeing Mary and Martha weeping for the loss of their brother we see that Jesus was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. Why--because Jesus hates sin and the devastation it wreaks in the world.  "God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God."

3) "Jesus wept." Jesus demonstrates his humanity.

4) Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. Jesus demonstrates his divinity.

Things to ponder:

The same power that raised Lazarus from the dead is the same power that helps us live a life that amplifies Jesus and glorifies God. We are called to live radical lives for Jesus.

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