Many of us are already focused on Easter. We are making our plans. Planning what we’ll do with friends and family and more. But this week, this week that we are in really matters. Don’t move too quickly towards Easter forgetting something really important that happened this very week and could happen to you again THIS WEEK!
In the Eastern Orthodox church, millions of people are remembering Lazarus, the friend whom Jesus loved but died and was raised to life again. It’s called “The Feast of Lazarus” and it’s important because the raising of Lazarus foreshadowed the raising of Jesus and Jesus knew it. As Lazarus walked forth from the tomb, Jesus would have looked at this amazing sight thinking something like this: I will be doing what Lazarus is doing in only a few, short days.
Only a week after Lazarus was raised to life, Jesus was in deep trouble. He entered the Passion Week–the week before his death and Lazarus would have been on his heart and his mind. We read in John 12 that Jesus even went back to the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha and it was there that Mary anointed his feet with the sweet smelling fragrance of perfume and Jesus loved this aromatic comfort because he knew the stench of death was right around the corner.
Do yourself a favor this weekend and re-read the story of Lazarus in John 11. It has all the drama of a best selling novel and a block buster movie. It’s a story that changed an ordinary man’s life into the stuff of transformation!
Here’s the link to the book I wrote on Lazarus two years ago. It is the PREQUEL to The Jesus Life. The last chapter of The Lazarus Life raises the questions that I attempt to answer in The Jesus Life which is now released!