Sermon for the 5th Sunday of Lent 2017

Sermon for the 5th Sunday of Lent 2017

My sermon this week for the traditional Lenten readings about the death of Lazarus revovle around the two most dramatic moments in the story: Jesus weeps and He cries out to Lazarus to "Come forth." Jesus weep both WITH the people who a mourning and FOR their small-mindedness. When Jesus cries out to Lazarus to come from darkness and "stench" into the light and fresh air, He speaks to all of us. His call to set Lazarus free is a call to freedom FROM our bonds and small-mindedness and FOR the purpose. Hence the Lord's words to "Loose that Man AND Let Him Go!"