Lazarus

Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus
Their brother whom He loved was ill
He said, "This sickness will not end in death,
But that the glory of God's Son is fulfilled"

When two days had passed, Jesus and His disciples
Began for Bethany as the sun lit the morning
By the time they arrived they found the 2 sisters
Being comforted by friends in their mourning

Martha sought Jesus to tell Him,
"If You had been here, Lazarus wouldn't have died"
For she believed Jesus was the Messiah
He said, "I am the Resurrection and Life"

Soon Mary joined Jesus and fell at His feet
Her tears falling down unrestrained
When Christ saw the Jews displaying their grief
He wept, His spirit troubled and pained

Then Jesus went to the tomb where Lazarus lay
With strips of linen wrapped around
Both his icy cold hands and his feet;
Like a prisoner of death, he was bound

Still Jesus called, "Lazarus, come forth!"
He made no struggle with this obvious choice
Released from death's grip, he followed Christ
When he heard the Saviour's powerful voice
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July 15, 2004