Sunday, April 2, 2017
John 11:1-45 • Jesus raises Lazarus to life
Lazarus of Bethany, beloved by Jesus, brother to Mary and Martha, was ill. Jesus did not immediately respond to the summons to come, nor did he listen to the disciples’ pleas to stay in safety. Jesus spoke of Lazarus’ illness and death as “for God’s glory” and “so that you may believe.”

Foreshadowing the cross and empty tomb, Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

Weeping, Jesus ordered the stone removed, prayed for the sake of the crowd, and cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” When the dead man came out of the tomb, Jesus said to the Judeans, “Unbind him, and let him go.”