Lukisan John Constable, Cottages and Windmill Drawn
5th Sunday of Lent
Ezekiel 37: 12-14
John 11: 3-45
Who is not fear of death? Naturally, man is fear of it. It is the final of worldly life. Then life is measured up by time in which we change become old, get ill or experience of an accident leading to death like all the rest of creatures. None can escape from the dead so that it seems so powerful which comes upon everything that has life.
But from the gospel of John today we know that everything changes: God is more powerful than the death. It is proclaimed that Jesus –the son of God- raised Lazarus from the death. The power of Jesus to raise the dead man makes us to know that God is God who lives and reigns forever and ever; God who takes pity on human.
This moment also affirms the other revelation that Jesus is really the Christ the Son of the living God, who is coming into this world. This identity of Jesus as Christ reveals his mission that the salvation and the redemption of the world are done by him through his suffering, his death and his resurrection. Salvation and redemption pinpoint that God experiences the death humanly to conquer the death itself. It means that death has new meaning under the Christ: the man who believes in Christ has died with Christ in order get new life: to be resurrected. Death is death with Christ that perfects our incorporation with Christ. The Christian who unites his death with the death of Christ sees that the death is a journey toward Christ and it is the doorway to everlasting life within God’s kingdom. It shows that the end of life is not death but life, the eternal life.
The raising Lazarus from dead opens our eyes of faith that Jesus Christ is the guardian of life. That is why Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live and every one that lives, and believes in me, shall not die for ever. Jesus Christ as the guardian of life restored dead to the life. Disbelief which escorts caused by the death becomes belief through his power: raising Lazarus from death. Doubt because of death seems so anxious which leads to nothingness now is transformed into faith by Jesus that God is more powerful than the death. Death is not nothingness but a step to glory with Him. His words I am the resurrection and the life comfort and strengthen all who believes in him. So Jesus Christ wipes not only the tears of Maria and Marta but all the tears from all faces.
Sin also causes of death which means the death is the consequent of sin. Even though death is a condition natural for man but the God does not destiny man to dead. For this reason death is against the design of God creator and death enters to the world as the consequence of the sin.
The story of Lazarus who was died and buried in tomb is also story of us, represents us. Because of our sins actually we are dead man and we are buried and we lay in the tomb. There is only darkness in tomb. There is no light. We beg Christ come to pull us out of the abyss of evil. Raise me up to, I who am strangled by the ties of my sin.
Jesus Christ shouts out to us come forth as he did to Lazarus. Jesus personally shouts to us in our heart come out. Come out from your personal tomb. Come out from sin. Leave what is familiar, and dark, and dead. Come out. Live again . The shout of Christ come out to us and to Lazarus is the call to life. It is a call to begin again. It is call to light. This time of lent is the time to listen the call of Christ, the shout of Christ so that we can get new life, becomes new person and are reconciled with God. The Lazarus who is coming from the tomb was the Lazarus who received new life, got the second time to life. How about us?
We follow and we hear the shout of Christ when we live under Holy Spirit and not under the flesh which leads to death. New life is living in Christ; our spirit is alive because of righteousness. The consequence of all is freedom. To the contrary, the sin ties us: bounds feet and hands with winding bands; and face are bound about with a napkin. But living in Christ and Holy Spirit are living in freedom and truth. Believing in Christ means to lose our ties of sin because the power of Christ who redeems us. All of this makes us understand well and feel so joyful for the fact that Jesus opens our graves and bring us out our sepulchers: come out. We know that God is the God of life. For this reason, we are like Marta would say: “Yes lord, I have come to believe that you are Christ, the son of God, the one who is coming into the world.
Said John Damascene:
“You walk, you weep, and you talk showing us your human nature,
But by raising Lazarus you reveal to us your divine nature.
By your nature and with sovereign power you accomplished my salvation”
 It is quoted from Deacon Greg Kandra.