Apart from trust in God, the world is a cemetery.
Calling Lazarus from the tomb disturbed many people.
- John reports Jesus snorted in spirit and was deeply agitated: perhaps because Mary, like Martha, had regretted that he had not arrived soon enough to prevent Lazarus from dying, or perhaps because Lazarus was his friend and he regretted that his friend had to suffer through death, or perhaps because of the bitterness of death which is the wages of sin.
- Many who saw the great sign, of Jesus calling a dead man from the tomb to walk among them, were sufficiently disturbed to believe in Jesus.
- Others who had also seen the sign feared what Jesus would do to the status quo, feared him taking power from the fear of death that allowed the powerful to control people.
Belief in the resurrection, not only of Jesus which we will celebrate on Easter, but also of all whom God loves, should disturb many people: emboldening some to dare to challenge the status quo while making others fear that the future will be different. The promise of the resurrection has emboldened disciples to dare to proclaim the Good News even in the face of certain death and continues to do so even today.
Since death is not the end, what might we accomplish?
Robert Shaw, Pastor