In John chapter 11, Jesus’ best friend lies ill. His family beg Jesus to come and heal him. Jesus does not respond right away. When he shows up, Lazarus has been dead for four days. It seems he’s too late.
But to this tragedy Jesus brings two surprising gifts—tears and triumph. He cries at the grave then raises his friend from death. It’s these tears and triumph that we need in the face of our own tragedies.
This last section of Luke’s Gospel looks at the pinnacle of Jesus’ earthly ministry: his death and resurrection. While some might see the story end at Jesus’ death, Luke gives the whole account of God’s plan of redemption, which includes the defeat of death itself. The impact of these events echo throughout history. God’s plan for salvation through Jesus has forever changed how humanity relates to himself, and gives us a hope beyond just this life. Continue reading “Jesus: God’s Redemption and Hope (Reading Luke series – part 4)”