“Arise, Lazarus” (John 11:17-44) Easter Sunday April 16, 2017

Christ Candle Lighting (all purple candles gone, unlit Christ candle at center)

L:         Darkness covered the whole land as Jesus died.


P:         From Jerusalem outwards the shadow of death hovered.


L:         Yet even at the moment of his death the tombs of the saints were opened.


P:         They were raised and entered the holy city and appeared to many.


L:         Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets sent to it!


P:         Yet on this day the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee was raised from death! (light Christ candle)


L:         On this day an angel of the Lord rolled back the stone!


P:         And the soldiers guarding his tomb were terrified and became like dead men!


L:         On this day he appeared first to Mary Magdalene in the garden!


P:         On this day Peter and John saw the linen wrappings in the tomb!


L:         On this day he told the women that his disciples would see him in Galilee!


P:         On this day those women took hold of his feet and worshiped him!


L:         On this day he walked with two disciples leaving Jerusalem for Emmaus!


P:         On this day he broke bread and shared broiled fish with his friends!


L:         On this day he appeared to the disciples in the upper room and showed them his hands, feet, and side!


P:         On this day he appeared to his brother James, and more than 500 brothers and sisters!


L:         On this day, the good and great news of Jesus’ resurrection:


P:         Of the Light of the World’s triumph over the grave,


L:         Of the Lord of Mercy’s victory over sin,


P:         Of the Lord of Life’s conquest over death,


L:         On this day that message has gone out from Jerusalem to Judea,


P:         And from Judea to Samaria, and from Samaria to the ends of the earth!


L:         Christ is risen! Allelulia!


P:         Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen!


L:         Let us sing, “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus”

Scripture (John 11:17-44)

Our reading comes from the good news according to John.

17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away,
19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.
20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.
21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”
 23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
 27She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”
 28When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”
 29And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.
 30Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
 31The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.
34He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”
 35Jesus began to weep.
36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
 38Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.
39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”
40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me.
42I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”
43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Arise, Lazarus” (John 11:17-44) Easter Sunday April 16, 2017

“Arise, Lazarus”

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Song Played at End of Sermon: Evanescence – Wake Me Up Inside (Bring Me To Life) W/ Lyrics