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Friday, November 02, 2012

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After Lazarus died, Mary said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." She already seems to know that Jesus cannot be stopped even by death. Soon, others know it too.

Jesus stood at the grave of Lazarus, dead four days and shrouded in stench. That's just the kind of place our Lord loves to work. Jesus called the dead man from his grave, and Lazarus walked out, wrapped in the cloth of death, but now very much alive.

This is but a foretaste of the future that awaits Jesus himself--Jesus, who could not be contained by his own grave. Jesus, whose return to life was new and complete and everlasting. Jesus, whose victory over sin, death, and the powers of evil was all for us.

One day, we will hear the voice Lazarus heard, as our Lord calls us from death to life. And it will not be the old life of this broken world, but new and triumphant life in the fullness of God's eternal kingdom.

Victorious Savior, you conquered even death by your resurrection to life. Strengthen us with the knowledge of your power, and comfort us with the promise that, because you live, we too shall live. Amen.

Amanda Jertson
Trinity Lutheran Church, Hartington, Neb., and Trinity Lutheran Church, Crofton, Neb.
Master of Divinity , 2012

John 11:32-44 (NRSV)

32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.

34 He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see."

35 Jesus began to weep.

36 So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"

37 But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.

39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days."

40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"

This week's devotions are offered by a Luther Seminary alumnus from the graduating class of 2012.