The resurrection of Jesus—which we continue to
celebrate in these 50 days following Easter—promises us eternal life.
It’s our hope. But as we walk with Jesus through the Gospels, we stand
with him at another resurrection when he called for his friend Lazarus
to “come out” from his tomb (John 11:38-44; The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson).
Here is a regular mortal who was resurrected to new life on this side of the grave for the rest of his days on Earth. Commanded by Jesus to come out, Lazarus stumbles into the light, tearing away that kerchief and trailing strips of gravecloth like a mummy from a black-and-white horror flick.
|Jami Hawkins: “When depression calls me to withdraw, I resist—knowing that corporate worship strengthens me.”|
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