Text: John 11:1-27
Then said Jesus unto them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.” John 11:14.
The story of Lazarus is one of the best-known stories of the Bible. Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. You may have heard a sportscaster speaking of a great come from behind win say, “That is the greatest comeback since Lazarus.” But Jesus has performed the same type of miracle to each of us. When we were dead in our sins, He reached out to us to give us new life.
What is often overlooked in the crucifixion is that the three hours of darkness came before Christ died, not after. It was during those three hours that He, aspire and sinless as He was, took the sin of the world upon Himself and left it up to us to release our sins to Him. Remember John 3:16 “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not parish, but have everlasting life.”
There was, several years ago, a comic strip character who asked, “How can it be called Good Friday when your God died on that day?” The other character answered saying “It wouldn’t be a Good Friday if our God had stayed dead.”
This time of year is a great story of love and faith. We saw how much Lazarus and His sisters loved Jesus and the faith they had in Him. And the story of Jesus going to the cross for the atonement of our sins. We must continue in our faith in Christ even in, most especially in, these times of trials. To help me keep my faith I always try to remember from Matthew 28:20 where Jesus says “Lo, I am with you always even until the end of the age.”
~ Tom McGill,