Not Even Death
Today’s scripture selection: John 10-12
Key Verses: John 11:11
Jesus told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
Like so often, Jesus’ followers didn’t understand.
They didn’t understand how the events which were unfolding were all part of a great divine plan; they didn’t grasp how Jesus’ teaching and miracles were only a prelude to something greater. And they certainly didn’t understand that Jesus was about to do something that completely defied human understanding or explanation.
Jesus was about to show them that not even death could stop him.
In fact, when Jesus first talked about how their friend Lazarus had “fallen asleep,” they completely missed his point.
So he had to make it crystal clear.
“Lazarus is dead.”
And when he said he was going into harm’s way, nearer to their enemies, all they could do was muster enough courage to say they would go with him.
They still didn’t grasp that soon His real power would be evident.
So they went. And soon, Lazarus was anything but “asleep”.
It can be the same for us. We read the stories; we memorize the scripture; we sing the hymns and pray the prayers. But somehow the awesome power still eludes us. We see with limited vision. We believe with limited faith. And we just don’t get it, not really.
This man, who walked the earth two-thousand years ago as a simple Galilean peasant was – is – the Son of God.
He is the beginning and the end; the alpha and the omega. He is the “Word” made flesh. And more than a great teacher or healer or prophet…
He is the conqueror of death itself.
It still staggers the imagination. It still moves us to tears. It still drives us to our knees in wonder.
Or at least – it should.
Prayer: Lord, give me eyes to see the miracle of who you are. AMEN.