Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Not Simple. But Oh So Good.

The gospel assigned for this coming Sunday is from John 11.  You can read it by clicking here.  It's a wonderful "story" (more than a story) about the RAISING OF LAZARUS from the dead.  But it's not so simple.  Not only does Jesus put off going to visit the sick Lazarus--he was out of the area but could have arrived prior to his death; not only that... but Jesus' raising of Lazarus is intimately linked to Jesus' own death.  Jesus raises Lazarus and then dies because of it.  What amazing love!

What can we learn from this?  Things are not as simple as they seem to be.  Often what seems to be a terrible defeat is really the way to a later blessing from God.  In fact, when we trust Jesus, every we know that every defeat will bring blessing.  We may have to wait, but it will come as certainly as the sun in the morning or the springtime in April.  We learn this we hear God's word, which always focuses our attention on Jesus' life, death and resurrection from the dead.

It may not be simple, but it is SO good.


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