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.