Sermon Introduction –
Just like Lazarus, Jesus raises us to new life in Him. And just like Lazarus, our calling now that we’ve been raised to this new life is to tell others about the love and care of Jesus so that they also share in the glory and joy of the resurrection. It’s all about Jesus and love; the rest is just the details.
Introduction to our readings –
Of all three years of the lectionary cycle, this year’s All Saints readings have the most tears. Isaiah (tap here for the reading from Isaiah) and Revelation look forward to the day when God will wipe away all tears; in John’s gospel, Jesus weeps along with Mary and all the gathered mourners before he demonstrates his power over death. On All Saints Day we celebrate the victory won for all the faithful dead, but we grieve for our beloved dead as well, knowing that God honors our tears. We bring our grief to the table and find there a foretaste of Isaiah’s feast to come.
Reading: Revelation 21:1-6a
Here is a vision of the new heaven and new earth in which God resides fully with God’s people so that mourning, despair, and pain have been eradicated. These renewing words from the God who spans all of time are trustworthy and true.
Reading: John 11:32-44
Through the raising of Lazarus, Jesus offers the world a vision of the life to come, when death and weeping will be no more.