When you know Jesus intimately, you trust him instinctively.
April 5, 2015
You might find it a little strange to come to church on Easter Sunday and realize the sermon is about a man named Lazarus rising from the dead, not Jesus.
There are two reasons for this. First, for most of this calendar year we have been preaching on “the miracles of Jesus.” That sermon series will end next week, with Jesus’ third fishing miracle, the only miracle recorded after his resurrection. When I was outlining these sermons, I decided that Jesus’ resurrection technically did not fit the series. It’s not a miracle Jesus is responsible for. He was dead.
Second, the story of Lazarus rising from the dead is really about Jesus, not Lazarus. The Lazarus story occupies all of chapter 11 in John’s Gospel, plus 11 verses of chapter 12. Only three of those 68 verses are needed to tell the story of the resurrection of Lazarus. The other 65 are about Jesus. The pinnacle is John 11:25-26, when Jesus declares to Lazarus’ sister, “I am the resurrection and the life… Do you believe this?”
I can tell you that on this particular Easter Sunday, this is personal for me. Read more »