Lent – Sunday – April 10

John 11:23

Jesus says to Martha, the sister of Lazarus, “Your brother will rise again.” That’s quite a promise. Can Jesus keep it? It should not surprise us if we are skeptical. For one thing, it is a very hefty promise. Also, we have heard our share of promises and had our share of disappointments. Promises, it seems, are far easier to make than they are to keep, and it’s up to the one making the promise to keep it. Jesus makes no empty promises, here or anywhere. He goes to the tomb where Lazarus has been laid and brings him forth from the dead, just as he said he would. Jesus makes promises. And he keeps them.
Lord, as you kept your promise to Martha so keep your promise to be the resurrection and the life of all who trust in you. Amen.

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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