Sermon Summary for Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 | Respectfully Submitted by Jon Thomas
“I am the Resurrection and the Life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die…”
Jesus strolled into Bethany. His dear friend Lazarus had died four days earlier. Lazarus’ sisters were not happy that Jesus had arrived so late, and had not saved their brother. Blaming Jesus for our problems is common, even in today’s world. We forget that we are living, breathing, thinking, and feeling; that we make our own decisions and when we fall, God will always be there to bring us back up.
Jesus, being Jesus, weeps at Lazarus’ Grave. He performs a miracle, “a sign of God’s Presence and Life Saving Ways Among Us”, and raises Lazarus from the dead!
Jesus called to the others to “Unbind” Lazarus and to participate in “God’s Loving, Healing Works”! Those who saw, now believed.
“Life is Messy & Complicated.” Our pain, fear, hate, and addictions (both ours & of those we love), force us to adapt to fit into this world and change, for the sake of the family. Some choose to let life consume them; to let the pain and destruction reign chaos down upon them. Others will choose life & the resurrection, but we must remember that our life is our own and that, through the resurrection, we are given new life. “What will you choose: life or death?”