Sep 112020

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” (John 11:38–39a)

“Take away the stone” (v. 38). “Come out!” (v. 43). “Unbind him, and let him go” (v. 44) – these are the three commands that Jesus gives at the close of Lazarus story, telling us that this is not merely a miraculous resurrection story. It is also a story about Jesus’ power to overcome the obstacles that prevent us from trusting that there is a better life for us. Jesus acts in this story so that everyone might “see the glory of God” (v. 40) and Jesus acts in our lives as well – so that we might experience the same. – rc

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