The friends of Jesus are always alive

The friends of Jesus are always alive

John 11 v11-16 “After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” 12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. 14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

There are times as a disciple of Jesus that bad things happen to you. It is not necessarily your fault, you just got sick. Your marriage is in trouble, you have been laid off from work, your finances are threatened and your hope for the future is bleak.

You didn’t do anything wrong but disease hit you and something within you became sick.

It can also feel that Jesus is no longer near. You may have Martha and Mary but Jesus is far from you.

Lazarus was sick in v1 but by the time v11 comes he has died, though Jesus refers to this not as death but as falling asleep illustrating His power being so easy to wake Him. So Jesus tells them plainly that he has died.

Some of the disciples wanted to leave Lazarus alone because they feared Jerusalem. Thomas the fatalist was already sharpening his sword.

And yet!

Lazarus is a friend of Jesus and ‘our’ friend. He has a community of friendship.

Jesus never leaves his friends alone. He always goes to them. He never speaks of them in the past tense. They are never too dead to him. With Jesus his friends are always alive though it may look differently to us.

Some people only call you friend as long as everything is going okay. Lazarus looked finished but Jesus called him friend. Their relationship was stronger than that what was trying to divide them.

Who am I that You are mindful of me
That You hear me when I call
Is it true that You are thinking of me
How You love me it’s amazing
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
He calls me friend

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