The Lazarus Moment

Lazarus's sickness will not end in death. No, it is for the glory of God. I, the Son of God, will receive glory from this. John 11:4 (NIV)

(Suggested reading: John 11:1-44)


Spring resonates within us. We witness miracles as earth shrugs off winter’s cold bonds, bursting forth with life. New grasses reach up as buds blossom. The sun pushes fingers of glory through overcast clouds. Our spirits are lifted. The story is rebirth, we feel it inside, we breathe it in the air. We are experiencing a Lazarus moment.

God sprinkles our lives with these moments, always pointing to new life, promising renewal, and hope.

Jesus’ miracles are Lazarus moments. At Cana, He makes new wine from water. Upon tasting it, the guests accuse their host of saving the best wine for last. Jesus is pointing to the new life one can find in Him, and to Heaven.

Lazarus’ healing points to new life. Jesus prepares people to believe in His coming resurrection with the Lazarus moment. It’s no vulgar display of power, but a statement about who Jesus is (John 11:25a). At the beginning of the account, before Lazarus’ death, Jesus warns of the coming Lazarus moment, that it is for His glory.

Look for your Lazarus moments every day. God is reminding you of what you have in Him, maybe asking you to renew your commitment. Perhaps He is asking you to delight in your rebirth, to give Him glory. Christ calls you. Come forth. 

Lord Jesus, thank you for the reminding us that You are the resurrection and the life. Renew us each day. Amen.


Thought for the Day:  Christ came to call us out of our tombs of sin and death.