Raising the Dead: Jesus the Hope of Life

Prayer of the Week

(pray this prayer each day this week)

 

God of life and life eternal,

My life and even my every breath is dependent upon you. I live each day by your grace. Still, I fear death. I fear death striking those whom I love. I mourn for those I love who have died. The finality of it all seems unconquerable. I also experience all kinds of ‘deaths’ in my daily life: the death of a relationship, job, opportunity, or promise. So, you come bearing a promise of giving life and life to the fullest. I cling to this promise while traveling in the shadow of the valley of death. This week show me the power you hold and the promise you give to grant life. Work your works of life-giving grace in all the areas of my life threatened by death. Help me to see that death indeed is not final, and that you, God, are victorious

In Jesus name I pray. Amen

 

Read John Chapter 11

Week 6: Questions for Reflection

 

The signs and wonders performed by Jesus in John’s gospel are meant to communicate a truth for us to take in and believe. As you read the text and contemplate the questions below allow the mystery of God’s awesome love and power fill your heart and mind

 

In this story Jesus doesn’t just heal someone, he raises them from the dead! The story begins with Lazarus sick and dying, but Jesus refraining from going to heal him immediately. Why would Jesus do this? What does it say about God?

 

When Jesus finally gets there he is greeted by much mourning and many questions? What did his friends Mary and Martha expect of him? What didn’t they expect? How are their expectations similar to our today when we call on Jesus to work in our lives?

 

Jesus says “I am the resurrection and the life, those who believe in me, though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die”. What do you think this means?