Fifth Sunday in Lent: Sharing Our Faith With Others

Fifth Sunday in Lent: Sharing Our Faith With Others

John 11:1-45

“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

A new model of religion. A new way of thinking about God and Messiah. Jesus turned religion on its head with these three sentences. Jesus had a lot to teach in a short amount of time. He told stories to his friends and all who would listen in language they would understand. This is Jesus showing his power over death.

Each year, we Christians take 40 days to give up something, learn something new, build a new connection with our Lord. This year, I joined my church in a covenant bible study. Each year, we know what the 40 days leads to, the death and resurrection of the Messiah. The friends and followers of Jesus didn’t know they were experiencing Christ for the last time before his death and everlasting life.

Martha and Mary asked Jesus to come as Lazarus was sick on his deathbed. Jesus knows that his friend is dying but he also knows it is time for one of the most important lessons he will teach. Jesus must show the world the power of God’s only son and he uses this time to show it.

Lent is a time to share our faith with others. Believing in Jesus Christ, reading the stories, interpreting the words Jesus shared with his disciples and followers, that is Lent. Jesus took time to weep with Mary and Martha, to be with his followers. Lent is our time to do the same. Our friends and family, our church, still needs us to be with them and participate in the every day workings of the church in our community.

Jesus knew he would raise Lazarus from the dead. We know the tomb will be empty. Let’s be ready!

Shannon Priddy is president of United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 4/5/2019 12:00:00 AM
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