As we prepare to enter Holy Week, what kind of God will we find there? Jesus will confound us again as he turns upside down what human beings think of as saving power – because he goes to conquer with only the clothes on his back, the sound of his voice, the healing in his hands.
The healing of Lazarus models a love in Christ that is personal, not just beneficent; intimate, not just cosmic. As we near the end of Lent and prepare to enter Holy Week, Jesus’ anguish over the loss of Lazarus reveals the kind of God we have – one that feels our suffering with the fragility of a human heart, but can carry us to redemption with the strength of God; one who would go all the way to death on the Cross to meet us in our most shattered places, and then calls us to new life, each one of us, by name. (preached April 6, 2014)