The Jesus Tree–Day Thirty-Two

Today we read another very familiar story–Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in John 11:1-44. This reading is broken up in three parts: The death of Lazarus; Jesus going to console Mary and Martha, Lazarus’s sisters; and Jesus raising Lazarus. Again, we see not only Jesus’s power over death, but also His compassion for his friends, as they mourned the loss of Lazarus. I also like the faith that Mary and Martha display in this story, both of them telling Jesus that if He had been there, their brother would not have died. They obviously recognized His power, but didn’t quite grasp just how powerful He actually was, as they didn’t consider and/or didn’t get that Jesus could actually raise Lazarus from the dead.

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