Sunday, March 9, 2008

Springing forward from death to life

The beginning of holiness is the recognition that we are not well. This leads nicely into today's Gospel, wherein Jesus raises Lazerus from the dead. I think this part of today's word particularly instructive in this regard:

"So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.
It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, 'Take away the stone.'
Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
'Lord, by now there will be a stench;
he has been dead for four days.'
Jesus said to her,
'Did I not tell you that if you believe
you will see the glory of God?'"

Jesus demands that the stone that lays across our heart be removed. He knows that there is a stench, which is the toxic smell of death that results from our sin. Then, in the very face of death, Jesus reveals to us the glory of God.

This is my 700th post on Καθολικός διάκονος

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