Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 29-MAR-2020 - 10.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Lent 5 – The raising of Lazarus from the dead is a troublesome story. When Jesus was told that his friend Lazarus was critically ill, he announced that Lazarus wasn't going to die but was simply going to be asleep; but Lazarus did in fact die, and a few days later Jesus was to be seen weeping alongside other mourners at the tomb of an obviously dead Lazarus. We can thank God that Jesus wept – it gives us the assurance that grief takes hold of God just as it takes hold of us. The tomb was opened at Jesus' request, and when Jesus called him, Lazarus came out with the funeral cloths still wrapped around his body. The bindings were undone, and Lazarus was sent on his way. We don't understand resurrection, but it is a metaphor for Christian living and life, the way that God engages in the life that we live. God is calling us out of the tombs of our despair, denial and death, to a new life here and now. May Jesus' tears keep us tender, open, humble, generous and brave. Despite COVID-19, our journey need not be to the grave, but through it. Let us mourn in hope.
John 11: 1-45
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