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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 26 Nov

Death can affect us in different ways. When Martha and Mary lost their brother, Lazarus in death, they were devastated, and in their devastation, they were visibly upset. They were grief stricken. They were angry. In speaking with Jesus, they both said to Him, “If you had been here, our brother would not have died!” In their grief they blamed Jesus for their loss. And if we are honest, there are times when we sit in judgement as to what God has done in our lives.

While death affects us in different ways, it is important to ponder where we will end up when death comes knocking on our door of our lives. We can be taken in the blinking of an eye. Jesus, “Be Ready.” It is sound words.

In the encounter Jesus had with a funeral procession, Jesus comes across a widow who has lost her son, who is her means of support. Jesus reveals His mercy and compassion for the widow, by raising her son. Death came calling. However Jesus shows the authority and power through the raising of the son. 

In Luke’s gospel this is the first resurrection, Jesus undertakes. He had performed countless miracles, this is the first raising of the dead. We rest in the certain hope that we follow the God who raises the dead. And in raising the dead He will raise those who trust in His Son Jesus Christ.