Just as the Father spoke life into the void through his word in creation, so He speaks new life into His people through the Word-made-flesh, Jesus Christ. That’s key to the evangelistic endeavor.
The gospel is not about making good people religious. It’s about making dead people live.
The Resurrection of Lazarus
In John 11, John records the death and resurrection of Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha.
Following Lazarus’ death, Jesus arrived “too late” in the eyes of Lazarus’ sisters. Martha told Jesus, “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21).
After hearing from Mary, Jesus wept with her and the people there. Then, following his time of genuine sorrow, he acted. John records the events in 11:38-44:
Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
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