Holy Week 2013: Death By Association

Holy Monday
John 12: 1-11

Tucked away in the holy-week story is a verse about Lazarus that we can easily overlook.  John tells us that he was in the chief priests’ cross-hairs along with Jesus.  Apparently, Lazarus’ experience and his testimony about it was causing people to desert the religious leaders and follow Christ.

Superficial religiosity never tolerates competition. A fallen-world’s value system doesn’t take kindly to defectors.  They have to go.

Holy week comes to ask us if we are willing to be “Lazarus” in our day–that is, people who live in the world as “marked” men and women—as men and women whose experience of God (like Lazarus’) refuses to go back into the tomb.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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