Life isn’t about what’s happening around us or to us. Life is about how Jesus resurrection-shapes the chaos embattling us.
Even after the resurrection, when Jesus could have already ascended to heaven, already laid claim to his rightful throne, he instead chooses to breathe life into someone feeling dead inside.
In what seems like an eternal pause, the way that Jesus works was on full display. Victory will often look like failure on the surface but its what’s happening behind the scenes that’s what matters.
Even after Jesus has nearly been scourged to death and ridiculed, Jewish leaders still want Jesus dead. It’s in this moment we begin seeing the difference between God’s kingdom and earthly kingdoms.
You can’t fully experience Jesus in your life without serving others because Jesus was not only a teacher and leader, but also a servant.
Jesus says to them, “Unwrap him and release him.” Jesus was talking about his funeral linens but he was talking about so much more all at the same time. He must have said the same thing to Death and Death had no choice but to give up it’s hold on Lazarus.
The story ends with Jesus inviting Nicodemus out of the darkness. He didn’t need to approach Jesus in darkness or use the cover of night to hide what he was doing.
She involved Jesus whether or not he was ready to be involved. That’s what good mom’s do right? Without his permission, she tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do putting Jesus on the spot.
And the miracle of it all, God was in the flesh walking with us. Suffering with us. Celebrating with us. Sharing life with us. Being with us.