At our 5PM service this week, we read about the seventh and final sign in John’s Gospel, the raising of Lazarus. By the time Jesus arrived at his tomb, Lazarus had already been dead for four days. This was an intentional delay on Jesus’ part. In God’s timing, four days was more than enough time for the decomposition process to begin. The tomb had already begun to smell. But despite the clear proof the Lazarus had indeed died, Jesus’ authority over death was demonstrated when he called Lazarus to get up and come out of the tomb. Praise God that Jesus used that same authority to defeat sin and death on our behalf so we can enjoy eternity with God in heaven.
From the 5pm Pastor’s Bulletin, 13 March 2022