[#pictureLent] March 7: RESURRECTION

By Rev. Matthew  Findley
Pierson UMC
Pierson, FL

First, read John 11:25-26

Jesus is about to do the unthinkable, the illogical, the unbelievable … He is about to raise someone from the dead.

In the verses leading up to raising Lazarus, Jesus is talking with his sisters Mary and Martha. Not knowing what is about to happen they are frustrated and upset. They are grieving the loss of their brother. They believe Jesus could have healed him, but they find themselves grieving.

Like Mary and Martha in this text, I have grieved. I have grieved the loss of grandparents, friends, and my first child. To be brief, it's not fun. Grieving is not an easy place to be. I remember feeling hopeless, hurt, angry, upside down, and backwards. I remember feeling numb.

In our verse for today Jesus tells Martha "I am the Resurrection and the Life." While this may seem like a strange thing to say to a grieving person, Jesus is making an important point here.

He is letting her know that He has the power to restore life. When she is hurting, Jesus let's her know that He has what it takes to end the brokenness. Yes, Jesus has the power to restore life.

This Lent I ask you to consider wether or not you really believe this. Do you believe that Jesus has the power to resurrect something or someone that is dead?

This may be a stretch for some. Personally, I have seen some friends move beyond the living death that accompanies drug addiction. Through commitment to Christ and their recovery, I have seen them move into new life and rebuilt relationships.

I have seen wealthy people break through the isolation that having money can cause. Seeing them learn to trust and share life with others when experience has taught them to be suspicious of people trying to get close is nothing short of miraculous.

I have seen churches move from hesitantly agreeing with Jesus to bearing witness to the restorative power of our grace-filled creator. I have seen God do some really amazing things in the lives of people willing to follow.

Prayer: God thank you for caring enough to not leave us in the messes in which we sometimes find ourselves. Lead us to desire to walk in the footsteps of our Savior. Lead us to believe that there is life offered to those that seem dead. Lead us to be the people that bring our Savior to those who need Him most.

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

1. Do you believe that Jesus has the power to restore life? Your Life?
2. Do you believe that there is hope for those people our culture would rather ignore?
3. Do you believe that Jesus will see new life enter those will to follow the example Jesus set forth?