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Know God in a Year #167 Called Back to Life

The noise and commotion of mourners allows Martha to tell Mary privately where Jesus is waiting for her.
Immediately Mary runs to him with the same, “If you’d been here my brother wouldn’t have died,” while she sinks at his feet sobbing.
She was followed. And now everyone is crying, and Jesus cries too, his tender heart breaking with pain much greater than they comprehend. He feels sorrow that some of these present will soon plan his and Lazarus’ death, hardening themselves against the miracle they are about to experience. He also sorrows for all who, throughout time, will lose themselves forever.
“Where is he buried?” he asks.
They lead him to the cave, Jesus mourning all those he can’t save. Some don’t understand and ask others, “But couldn’t he have saved Lazarus?”
“Take away the stone,” Jesus says.
But Martha, thinking he just wants to view him, objects, “It’s been four days, he will smell.”
“If you believe, you will see God’s goodness. Move the stone.” He could have rolled it with a word, but divine power is not summoned to do what human power can do. We get to help!
The stone gone, all see and smell his body.
Jesus looks up, “Father, thank you for hearing me…” (establishing his power source). Then he calls, “Lazarus, come out!”
No one breathes. Eyes and ears strain, there is a stir inside the cave and Lazarus struggles to the door, grave clothes restricting him. Can you imagine that!
“Untie him, and set him free,” says Jesus, again showing that God invites, even depends upon, our involvement.
John 11:28-44

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