This coming Sunday one lesson is about Jesus friend Lazarus who was sick and died. Four days after his burial Jesus raised him back to life.
In many ways this one story sums up all of Jesus work. Giving life back to the dead.
Many years ago, when I was still in my teens, I sat in a grimy cabin, trying to negotiate a deal to buy a large quantity of marijuana from a dude and his girlfriend. We had reached the point where I and my friend were to sample the product. We lit up. At about the same time their two year old daughter came into the room. I began to put the joint out when the man took it from me and handed it to his daughter. As she inhaled I began to feel sick inside. Something in me died or perhaps I realized it was already dead.
I knew I was in the thrall of whatever evil power has been unleashed on the earth.
It was about a year later that I discovered the person who can raise the dead. Thank you Jesus.
I never saw those folks again. But I have prayed for many years for all of them that they would all discover and know the Lord of life in this world and the next.
More tomorrow about Lazarus and his sisters.