Jesus at the Cave of Lazarus

    by Tom Harrison

    Everyone experiences mountains, valleys, and caves in life. We love the highlights of life but live in the daily valleys and routines where things are fairly normal. Caves are the pits. Maybe the goal of life is “just don’t get stuck in a cave.” We don’t know what had happened to the poor guy, but we do know Jesus stalled for two days after hearing that Lazarus was on his deathbed. When Jesus finally showed up, sister Mary was grief-stricken and sister Martha gave Jesus a piece of her mind. Grief, anger, depression, and death are the domain of a cave dweller. We all go there at some point. We just don’t want to stay there.

    This miracle was the last straw for the religious foes of Jesus. Their perception was that Jesus was becoming too popular. The people’s lovefest could get out of hand. They had already tried to make Jesus king (John 6:15) and that would not go over well with the Romans. Then He raised Lazarus from the dead. What could possibly be worse? And besides, He was breaking their rules about Sabbath and other things. Their chief priest said it would be better for one man to die than for the whole nation to suffer.             

    As we go through the miracles and ministry of Jesus I keep hoping “The Chosen” will make this into an episode. I would love to have witnessed this story in real life. Seeing Lazarus walk out of the tomb would have drawn me to worship. Unfortunately, Jesus drew others to worry and to war. 

    Our readings this week:

    Monday: John 11:38-44
    Tuesday: John 11:1-16
    Wednesday: John 11:17-37
    Thursday: John 11:45-57
    Friday: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
    Saturday: Revelation 21:1-6
    Sunday: John 11:38-44 

    See you Sunday,

    Tom Harrison
    Senior Pastor

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