|March 17, 2002|
|First Congregational Church, 36 Main Street, New Milford, Ct 06776|
|Rev. Michael Moran|
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Sermon: A Place Where Tears are Understood
John 11:1-3, 17- 29, 33-45
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her
sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and
wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters
sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill."
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four
days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the
Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When
Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed
Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have
died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on
the last day."
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in
me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in
me will never die. Do you believe this?"
She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of
God, the one coming into the world."
When 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." And when she
heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. When Jesus saw her weeping,
and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in
spirit and deeply moved.
He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see."
Jesus began to weep.
So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not
he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a
stone was lying against it. Jesus 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."
Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see
the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and
said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me. I 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."
When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
The 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." Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what
Jesus did, believed in him.