17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!” (John 12:17-18)
Earlier this week, I saw picture on Facebook of his funeral. But now, you won't believe what was just posted. #LazarusLives
Is this Jesus guy for real? I don't know how he could have done this any other way! #IsHeTheChrist?
So...Lazarus was dead for about a week, wrapped up and in the grave for a few more days. Yet, I just had coffee with him? #Awesome
Can you imagine what that would have like? No wonder the word spread to all of Israel, even though people of that time couldn't tell you the difference between a Hastag and a Tweet.
This news was too important. Too important not to share. Jesus had brought a man who had died (and been in the grave for at least 4 days) back to life!
And he didn't do it with any Frankenstein shock therapy. He didn't hire a Lazarus look alike actor. He simply spoke to the tomb:
This is big news. Jesus controls life and death.
Maybe, you've read the news. You'll hear of deaths in the Ukraine, unaccounted for bodies from a missing Malaysian aircraft, and many more shot and killed in the local news. That's scary.
But then you hear of Jesus. He ends death. He brought Lazarus back from the dead! He promises that all who believe in him will not perish, but have eternal life.
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." (John 11:25-26)
A promise of forgiveness. A promise of eternity. A promise of resurrection.
Of course you might be tempted to react like the Pharisees. They thought it was foolish. They thought it was ridiculous. They continued to plot against Jesus and convincing themselves that killing them would save the world from 'foolishness.'
But foolishness is infective. Especially when it's backed up by clear, visible proof. You know, like a man, who was dead that was now walking, talking, and telling his story. Telling about the awesome power of Jesus.
Join the movement. Share Jesus with your friends. Tweet it. Text it. Email it. Post it. Blog it. Instagram it. Even sit down and talk face to face with someone about it:
Jesus has power over death!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, God of Life and death, I pray a prayer of thanksgiving for what you did no earth. Thank you for resurrecting Lazarus and showcasing your power as true God. Help me to look to you for everlasting life. Strengthen my faith in you and give me a strong comfort in your promises. Motivate me to share this message of comfort to people I love in my life. Amen.