SUNDAY’S DIVINE SERVICE—“I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!”
Jesus allowed Lazarus to die “for the glory of God” that He might raise him from the dead. In the sign of Lazarus coming back to life again, Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the Lord of life. He is the conqueror of death because He is the source of forgiveness. Since sin brings death and separation from God, where there is forgiveness of sins there must also be life and salvation. Jesus, therefore, confesses to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ healing of the man born blind and the subsequent excommunication of this man from the Temple illustrates the contrast between penitent faith in Christ and the blindness of unbelief. Those who believed that they could see were really blind because they refused to heed the call to repentance. Those who can truly see are not those who have no sin, but those who acknowledge their sin in repentant faith that cling to Christ. The man born blind became a disciple of Jesus because of the spiritual miracle that opened up his eyes to see who He really was and that Christ alone was His Savior.