Jesus meets Martha and Lazarus again
in spectacularly surprising circumstances (especially for Lazarus)
I read this passage not too long ago with a friend who’d never read it before. She had no idea that Jesus would bring Lazarus back to life and it was amazing! I don’t remember this ever being a surprise to me but it’s so nice to see someone really appreciating this event for the dramatic incident it obviously is. So try to institute a ‘No spoilers’ approach and let and newbies really appreciate the power Jesus has.
Here’s Jesus meets Martha but there is honestly so much in this passage I could easily write a few more sessions on it: Jesus is the life-giver. Jesus deeply cares. There is life after death. And of course that throw away comment from Caiaphas in verse 50:
You do not realise that it is better for you that one man die for the people than the whole nation perish
How can anyone be so right and so wrong at the same time?! Yes, you’ve got the right man in mind but for completely different reasons than you think. Yes, it’s better for him to die but it’ll be his decision not yours, and the stakes are not a nation but the whole world!