5th Sunday in Lent

"I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die." - John 11:25-26

In todays Gospel we learn that Jesus' friend is really sick, and is close to death. Jesus reveals his power over death by raising Lazarus from the dead. The Prophet Ezekiel prophesies God breathing new life into dry bones. to those in exile or living in the shadows of death. God promises a resurrection. In baptism we die with Christ that we might also be raised with him to new life.

Mary and Martha rushed to tell Jesus that his dear friend Lazarus was dying. They were so worried that Jesus was going to come to late to save him. Jesus didn't rush to help....

Why do you think Jesus didn't rush to help Lazarus?

Please take this time to discuss with your child.

Jesus was late because he has a perfect schedule and purpose.

Jesus has said, " There are twelve hours of daylight everyday. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. But at night there is danger of stumbling because they have no light." - John 11:9-10

The people that Jesus was speaking of, were the people that have no faith. They don't have guidance that Jesus gives us everyday. Jesus is our light of the world, no sun or moon can over shine his light. The people who have lost or have no faith are scared in the dark and are misguided.

Lazarus has faith in Jesus, Jesus was able to raise his friend Lazarus from the dead.

How can we over come our fears with Jesus?

Please take this time to discuss with your child.

As I said before, Jesus has a perfect schedule and purpose.

Jesus is scheduled to die for the entire nation....

Jesus' purpose is to bring together and unite all the children of God around the world.

Pastor Beards Faith Songs:

Fill in the Blank 

Make sure to read Ezekiel 37:1-4 with your child.

God took Ezekiel to a __(1). It was full of __(2). They were very __(3). God asked, "Can these bones __(4)?"

Ezekiel heard a sound. The bones came __(5). __(6) covered them. God put __(7) in them. "These bones are the whole __(8) of __(9)," said God. "I will put MY __(10) in you and you will live."

1. Valley
2. Bones
3. Dry
4. Live
5. Together 
6. Skin
7. Breath
8. House
9. Israel
10. Spirit


Today I pray again for the families and the children that are suffering in this time. I pray that the Lord guides us through the dark and fears. Amen.

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