This week we hear a story from the Gospel of John that took place the day before Jesus’ Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem for the final week of his earthly life. The story begins like this:
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. (John 12:1-2)
We find Jesus at the home of dear friends: Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus. Evidently Jesus drew comfort from the presence of his friends. He enjoyed dinner parties. Martha, true to her character, is serving. The Gospel writer calls our attention to the presence of Lazarus at the table with Jesus.
Previously, Jesus had called Lazarus out of the tomb of death. “Lazarus, come out!” Jesus had cried in a strong voice. Let us take a moment to imagine ourselves as the ones bound in grave clothes, trapped in the tomb.
Now let us hear Jesus call us by name. “Come out!”
What does coming out of the tomb of death mean for us?