Thought for the Week 2020

Friday 20th March

Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ (John 11:25-26)

This Sunday is Mother’s Day / Mothering Sunday, and I was planning to preach about Mary and Martha in John 11. Their life has taken an unexpected turn and their brother has died, leaving them at the mercy of society’s goodwill. But they have one last hope: they’re friends with Jesus, and they know what he can do. So they’re probably a bit frustrated when he only arrives after Lazarus has already died!

But there’s still a glimmer of faith. Although both of them tell him off for coming too late, they don’t reject him: they hold on to what they know about him, trusting he knows what he’s doing. Which he proceeds to prove he does, when he calls Lazarus back out of the grave.

Our lives have also suddenly changed. When I went to bed on Tuesday night I felt like it had been a least a week more since last Sunday, so much seemed to have happened over just two days. And we’re still adjusting to this new reality…

But Jesus is still our friend. We don’t know what will happen, just as Mary and Martha didn’t know what Jesus was going to do about Lazarus, but we can still hold on to him in faith. We don’t even have to fear death, because the one who believes in him will live, even though they die. Remember: Resurrection Day is coming!


And finally, here’s Stuart Townend leading us in singing Jesus Is Lord, the Cry that Echoes Through Creation:

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