We are clothed in the image of Christ when we receive Jesus as our Lord and savior personally. We need to find ways – in our homes, in our parishes, in our schools – to help them grow in their love for Jesus and their commitment to serve the Church and society. However, it appears as though many of Jesus’ followers have had to go outside of Him to obtain success in life. They bribed the guards who had seen the resurrection to lie, and to claim that the disciples had stolen Jesus’ body. Jesus then told Martha, “Your brother will rise again. For three days, people tried to comfort me, to no avail because the loss was too great”.

The pure gospel of the Christian faith as revealed in Scripture and taught by the Apostles, the early Church Fathers, the Creeds and Confessions of Historic Christianity, and by the Protestant Reformers is that Jesus Christ the Eternal Son of God became a man, lived a flawless sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of his people, and was raised from the dead. It is a life that is big enough to include you also. She had not been driving since two years before when, on a late hazy afternoon, she T-boned Jason’s auto broadside at a gravel-road intersection and killed him outright. Brothers and sisters, no matter how hard it gets or how you may feel….the victory is ours because of Jesus!

“These people say they are mine”.

Each group which fails the blind man is unable to see what is right in front of them. When they arrived at his tomb, Jesus said to roll away the stone that covered the entrance. And His Son, Jesus Christ gave His life for us.

I keep hearing in my spirit “The King is coming”.

And when he had said this, he cried out in a load voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hand and foot tied with burial bands, his face wrapped in a cloth. Mother Teresa, she created a new community not like the normal communities of the world, the lepers receiving a touch or people being with others.

God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Only God can restore someone back to life after he/she dies, only God can give life, sustain and nurture life. We are dead because the light of Christ has been vanished by our selfishness. We also are Lazarus – death can not be hidden and here John nearly throws its rawness, grief, loss, disturbance, decay, tomb all in our faces! I felt the presence of Jesus more strongly than I ever have in my life. Death is a permanent physical separation from a person’s family and community. Jesus is pained by our suffering, just like he was by Lazarus’.

Jesus is called the King of kings in the Bible. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go”.

All mortals die, we all die. In that way, our faith life is flat like water, losing the freshness in Christ and the power to change. Resurrection is the promise given to every faithful-that there is life after our physical death. Instead He freely forgives us and pins our mistakes on Christ so that it’s no longer on our record. And this was what Martha and Mary testified when Jesus met them during the death of Lazarus. James takes further what John said- not only is a love for the things of the world foolish but such a love makes us an enemy of God. But if there is one thing that we can not afford to be unclear about it is the gospel.

Am I willing and ready to die of my old self-my egoistic, arrogant and proud self?

Take time to get to know God. “Here, let me hold your monkey”.

Psalm 139:13-14 13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. We have hope and trust not in an American Idol but in the Lord Himself.

Let us remember the intentions of those people whom we had promised to pray for; we also pray for our beloved dead, especially the forgotten ones.