In the name of God ☩ Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Jesus is the Resurrection. He says so in his own words in this morning’s passage from John. This passage about the raising of Lazarus is situated here, on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, because it is the final of the seven signs performed by Jesus in John, and the grandest. Next Sunday, we turn to Holy Week, so this event foreshadows Jesus’ own Resurrection. This incredible event, the raising of a dead man, also becomes the turning point for those who oppose Jesus, as this event is what leads them to commit to the plan to put him to death. But, by God’s grace, this Scripture passage also speaks to us in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.