Saturday, 26 April 2014

Session 8: J John

The Canon preached his second sermon around the resurrection of Lazarus (John 11:38-45), using an allegorical interpretation. 

1. Remove
Remove the stone from the tomb. The stone represents something in our lives that is a blockage to us leaving the tomb and having a resurrection experience. 
The stone must be removed by someone other than Jesus. Jesus could have removed it with a word. 

2. Respond
Jesus called specifically to Lazarus, not all the dead (c.f. John 5:28). Lazarus had to hear and take action in order to complete Jesus' command. Likewise today the Christian must take action to obey Christ's command. Any specific, personal command may have been given years ago but we may not yet have taken obedient action is response. 

3. Release
Christ sets us free but we can still be wearing grave clothes. In our freedom we must be sure to live in that freedom and not cling to past hurts, disappointments, etc

4. Reveal
Just as the people who saw this went on to testify (and their hearers also believed and went on to testify) so too must we testify to the work that Christ has done in us and in others.

What I like about this is the necessity for action on the part of the believer. Christ does not command us to feel good on the inside, but to take our inner transformation and do something with it. The actually existing individual only rises above the herd by this moment of subjectivity. Subjectivity is truth, as Kierkegaard said. 

The sternness of the delivery, though lost in this blog post, carried the message even better. The audience could not miss the intent that they were to stop living as the crippled beggar in the roadside, and to start living as the healed disciple of Christ. 

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