The raising of Lazarus is the seventh and final sign in the first section of the Gospel of John. With it Jesus proclaims himself to be the resurrection and the life.
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Our Father in heaven,
You have your own perfect plans for us. You know exactly how best to form us and shape us, how to mold our character and bend our will. Help us to trust you as you do your perfect work.
Cause us to always keep looking toward Jesus as the perfect example of humanity. He perfectly understands us in all of our trials and our weaknesses because he live through such things himself.
We receive him also as the perfect Savior, who died for us, rose again, and is the source of eternal life for all of us who believe.
With Martha we can respond to Jesus by saying, “Yes, Lord; we believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who has come into the world.”
Jesus, drawing on Old Testament imagery of sheep and a shepherd says that he is the door of the sheepfold by which God’s sheep enter. Further he calls himself the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep
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Dear heavenly Father,
We receive your Son Jesus as our Shepherd. We put our faith and total trust in him.
We believe that you sent him to lay down his life for us. We receive that eternal life offered by your grace. Let us never waver from that commitment. Let no one ever remove us from your hand.
In Christ, Amen.