Week 6: 3/24/20 5th Sunday of Lent – A Matter of Life and Death

Romans 8:8-11

And those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary,
you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ
does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life
to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you.

John 11:17-45

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus
had already been in the tomb for four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away.
And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to comfort them about their brother.
but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
[But] even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.”
Martha said to him, “I know he will rise,
in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?” She said to him,
“Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah,
the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying,
“The teacher is here and is asking for you.”
As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him.
For Jesus had not yet come into the village,
but was still where Martha had met him.
So when the Jews who were with her in the house
comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out,
they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him,
she fell at his feet and said to him,
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping,
he became perturbed and deeply troubled,
and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him,
“Sir, come and see.”
And Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
But some of them said,
“Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man
have done something so that this man would not have died?”

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.
It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
“Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe
you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone.
And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
“Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me;
but because of the crowd here I have said this,
that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands,
and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them,
“Untie him and let him go.”
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary
and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

Consider this…