Daily Office Readings for Saturday 13 April 2019 Week 5 of Lent Year 1
“When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’” (John 11:43)
In the Gospel of John Jesus has several personal encounters with different people. And we get to listen, in and hopefully, learn something about what and how we are supposed to believe in God through Jesus Christ.
In this passage we see that Jesus treats Martha and Mary differently. They both say the same thing when each goes out to meet Jesus outside the village. Each says, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ (John 11) With Martha he goes deep into her beliefs (and doubts) about the resurrection of which he tells her that “He” is the Resurrection?
After that Martha goes back to the village and back into her house and sends Mary out. Mary goes to Jesus but we notice that Mary kneels at Jesus’ feet and then says the same thing, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ But Jesus only replies to Mary with ‘Where have you laid him?’ Jesus treats us according to what we need, and how we approach him, with discipline or comfort, or both. He knows what our needs are more than we do.
The very important lesson here is for us to hear what Jesus was telling Martha, and that is that he, JESUS, IS THE ESURRECTION! These are the words spoken at funerals, “ I am Resurrection and I am life says the Lord.” Every one of us who follows Jesus is looking forward to the day that he calls us out of death into eternal life as he did for Lazarus, into paradise. Yes, Thank You Jesus.
I have often thought of Jesus as the embodiment of the portal of God’s creation. That is the very same portal through which God brought all things into being. That same Creating Portal then reducing itself into an embryo and was placed in the womb of Mary. I get this understanding from the first chapter of this same Gospel where it says, “All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.” (John 1:3)
It only stands to reason then that the Manufacturer of creation also has the ability to re-create or bring back to life any of the created beings that the Creator wishes to. ‘Lazarus, come out!’
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.