The “Daily Devos” are authored by my colleague and friend, Phil Brandt, and may contain edits and adaptations by yours truly.
Friday of Lent V – John 11:1-53
Again, we have not reprinted this whole chapter of John. It is another story that simply needs to be read from your Bible, out loud. Listen to the words wash over you and settle into your heart. Don’t be in a hurry. For most of us the busy-ness of life has subsided in these days of physical distancing.
I once was trying to be the first patient at an urgent care. I needed to be somewhere but really needed to see the doctor. I had injured my eye the day before and the doctor had told me I had to come back and let the physician see my eye the next day to make sure all was well. She was quite insistent. When I drove into the parking lot, I was disappointed to see that someone had beat me to it. He was standing outside the door. I got in line behind him; he turned around and asked why I was there. I explained that I had been directed to return so the doctor could assess my eye. I pointed to the patch covering much of my face. He said, “Take it off. Let me look.” I thought this was a little forward of him. “No,” I said, “I need to let the doctor do that.”
He looked at me and said, “I am the doctor! I forgot my keys and I am waiting for the nurse to get here and let me in.” I took off the patch, he looked at my eye, and sent me home. It was the only medical appointment I ever had in a parking lot.
When Jesus asked Martha if her brother could live again, she piously pointed to the resurrection on the last day. Like me, she did not the see the Physician standing right in front her. The resurrection was not only to be found at the end of the world. The Resurrection was standing right in front of her. That same Jesus who called Lazarus from the tomb has risen from the dead in order that he might care for you and raise you to new life. There is no foe, not even death, which can thwart his great love for you. Rest in that love today.