John 11:43-44 (NIV) 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
“Christ overwhelmed the grim scene of Lazarus’ grave with his own power, and he faced the specter of his own death with the confidence that the same power of God would rescue him from the grave. John 11 is thus a story designed to encourage us, to give us strength to face our own mortality (or the death of someone near to us) by virtue of the Lord whom we worship. Resurrection is not now a new principle imposed on human life; the Lord who is resurrection has now imposed life where there was only the prospect of death.” [NIVAC, John, 331]
This Jesus encounter encourages us in the face of difficulties and gives us the strength to face our mortality or our loved ones’. When a crisis hits, we may ask what we have done with our lives. May we bring our tough questions to Jesus.
Let’s pray: Lord, you are all-powerful. Forgive us for trying other ways to answer life’s tough questions. We bring these questions to you. We are in need of the Spirit’s power today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to the song “Gracefully Broken” by Matt Redman.