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Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 11:43-44

Friday, April 8, 2011 – Lent 5, Year A

John 11:43-44When he (Jesus) had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped with cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

One of the themes unifying the scriptures this week has been redemption. Through the vision of bones coming to life, God was prophesying the freeing of the Israelites from their Babylonian captives. In the raising of Lazarus, God answered Jesus’ plea to release Lazarus from the shackles of death. While it is unlikely we will see someone raised from the dead in our lifetimes, our daily work as people of faith is, in part at least, to remove barriers that prevent people from living lives full of hope and healing.

Prayer: Redeeming God, we seek to bring hope and healing to your children, our brothers and sisters. Be with us in this awesome task. AMEN.

Proper 26/ Ordinary 31 – John 11:43-44

From John 11:43-44 – When [Jesus] had said this, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him and let him go.”

What struck me in reading this passage is the partnership between Jesus and the family. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, then the family is asked to unbind him. Likewise, our hands working together with God’s healing presence can perform miracles.

Prayer:

Healer God, thank you for opportunities to help free our neighbors from those things which bind them. AMEN.


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