This is the final sermon in our series The Seven Signs. We are studying John’s account of raising Lazarus from the dead.
Each sign has pointed to the glory of God, and confirmed Jesus as the promised Messiah, God’s Lamb who would take away the sins of the world (John 1:29). Appropriately, this sign is the last, for it deals with humanity’s biggest problem: death. Before raising the three days dead man to life, Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Then by the power of his words, Jesus called Lazarus out of the grave. All who watched were seeing something impossible, a game-changer. Death is no longer final. This man, Jesus, has power over it.
There’s a passage in Isaiah 25 that identifies death as “a covering that is cast over all peoples”, and God is determined to make a remedy.
And he will swallow up on this mountain
the covering that is cast over all peoples,
the veil that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation!