Why do we call our burial places cemeteries? A cemetery was originally a bedroom. When the stone covered Lazarus’ grave, no one expected that he would be leaving his “bedroom” soon. One day, we will also be laid to rest. Our graves look permanent too. Is there any hope that our bones can live again?
Our decaying bodies will live because Jesus’ heart goes out to those who mourn. At Lazarus’ grave, Jesus proved He is the Resurrection and the Life. He is the Lord over death. He destroyed death by dying for us. He has also risen victoriously from the dead. The hope of our own bodily resurrection is guaranteed in Christ.
Meek Jesus, ever trusting His Father, thanks His Father for always hearing Him. His Father will raise His Son from the dead by His glory. The same glory was displayed when the Father worked His will through Jesus to raise Lazarus back to life. Lazarus was unbound from his sin and death to live under Christ in His kingdom forever. So are we who have been enlightened by the message of Christ the crucified.
As it was for Lazarus, so it is for all who believe in Christ and the resurrection of the body. On the Last Day, Christ will “raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.” We will awaken to see God face-to-face.
Prayer: O my God, my rock and tower, Grant that in Your death I trust, Knowing death has lost its power Since You crushed it in the dust. Savior let Your agony Ever help and comfort me; When I die be my protection, Light and life and resurrection (Jesus, Grant That Balm and Healing, LSB 421:5).
This devotion was written by Rev. Victor Young – Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lowden.