The Story of LazarusPosted: November 22, 2013
This presentation depicts the biblical story of Lazarus and discusses why Jesus wept before raising him from the dead, even though he knew in advance that he was going to perform this miracle.
- Most read book… the Holy Bible
- Most influential man of the 20th century… Albert Einstein
- Einstein took the “speed of light” implication of Maxwell’s equation and worked backwards. Speed is change in distance divided by change in time. The only way for that ratio to be a constant implies that time itself must slow down as you get closer to the speed of light.
- The bible contains 3 metaphors of God:
- God is spirit (John 4:24).
- God is light (1 John 1:5).
- God is love (1 John 4:8).
- Like with Einstein, the suggestion is to treat these 3 metaphors of God literally.
- God is in us (John 14:20 “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you”) should also be taken literally.
- In the story of Lazarus, we read about Lazarus’s sister Mary running out to Jesus to tell him that Lazarus had died 4 days earlier. How did Jesus respond?…. John 11:35 says “Jesus wept”…. shortest verse in the bible. Why did Jesus weep? He KNEW he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead!
- The connection between Jesus and Mary allowed Mary to share her grief with Jesus.
- That connection is God.
- Share in the grief of others and you will lighten their load and create a bond with them.
- Sharing of your grief with others will lighten your load and create a bond with them.