Read John 11:1-45
Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus, becomes seriously ill while Jesus is away from Bethany. The sisters send for him but he does not hurry back, instead he takes his time
returning, saying that this sickness will not lead to death, but will reveal the glory of God. However, when Jesus finally arrives in Bethany, Lazarus has been dead and in the grave
for four days. There is a theological significance to being dead for four days. The ancient Jews thought that a person’s soul remained near their body for the first three days after
death. According to Jewish Midrash, death was only final after the third day.
How does this story of Lazarus being dead for four days show God’s power in light of Jewish thought?
Paul reminds us that we were all dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1), but God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2:4-5).
There are many people we will meet today who are “walking dead” because of their separation from God. God has sent us with the means by which the dead can come to the fullness of life. Who will you bless today with such a gift?