Walking on Sunshine

3 Apr

Good Morning,

The gospel this week is from John and it is really long, so I am going to write about it over the next three days. This passage is probably best known as “The Raising of Lazarus”. It is in the center of the John’s gospel and it is at the heart of the matter. Jesus has the power of life and death, end of story.

The gospel of John was the last of the stories of Jesus’ life that was written and the author was fighting against the idea that Jesus was just another prophet. There was a movement that said Jesus was a human being and had been caught up in circumstances beyond his control. So, this telling of the events of Jesus’ life show him in control and doing miracles left and right. And getting the powers of the Jewish community very upset with him.

11 1-3 A man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. This was the same Mary who massaged the Lord’s feet with aromatic oils and then wiped them with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was sick. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Master, the one you love so very much is sick.”

4 When Jesus got the message, he said, “This sickness is not fatal. It will become an occasion to show God’s glory by glorifying God’s Son.”

5-7 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, but oddly, when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed on where he was for two more days. After the two days, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.”

8 They said, “Rabbi, you can’t do that. The Jews are out to kill you, and you’re going back?”

These next couple of verse inspired the title of the blog. It is the symbolic language that is throughout this gospel. Jesus is telling his disciples that while he is there he can do anything and handle anything. I can almost hear Jesus (or someone) singing, “I’m walking on sunshine, oh, yea”.

9-10 Jesus replied, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in daylight doesn’t stumble because there’s plenty of light from the sun. Walking at night, he might very well stumble because he can’t see where he’s going.”

Jesus announces that Lazarus has died; Jesus also know everything. It seems as though Jesus has delayed his trip to care for Lazarus so he could show the full power that God has given him. My favorite line in this section comes from Thomas by way of The Message, “Come along. We might as well die with him.” It is such a wonderful image of faithfulness.

11 He said these things, and then announced, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. I’m going to wake him up.”

12-13 The disciples said, “Master, if he’s gone to sleep, he’ll get a good rest and wake up feeling fine.” Jesus was talking about death, while his disciples thought he was talking about taking a nap.

14-15 Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.”

16 That’s when Thomas, the one called the Twin, said to his companions, “Come along. We might as well die with him.”

So, where are we willing to follow Jesus today?? It is amazing where God can led us on this adventure of life.

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