October 26, 2014
Matthew 22:34-46
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

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Take Off The Grave Clothes!

from the book
Joy Songs, Trumpet Blasts, And Hallelujah Shouts
Sermons In The African--American Preaching Tradition

Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III

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Today our lesson paints a poignant picture of one of the most famous of Jesus' acts: raising Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus had been a dear friend of Jesus and the scriptures say Jesus loved him and his entire family. When news reached Jesus of Lazarus' death, his heart was sorrowful. He wept inwardly and outwardly. Despite the bad news, he kept confidence that Lazarus would be raised. Despite the woeful lament the news caused for those who loved and knew Lazarus, Jesus quietly assured his disciples and Lazarus' family that a great thing would soon happen. Jesus knew that he would raise Lazarus because he loved him so and understood that his mission of convincing others of his power would be partially fulfilled by this act.

There were fellow Jews who needed to be assured of the truth and power of miracles. There were those disciples who lived with him, ate with him, walked and talked with him, and cried...

This sermon, Take Off The Grave Clothes!, is based on John 11:38-44. This sermon relating to John 11:38-44 is excerpted from the book 'Joy Songs, Trumpet Blasts, And Hallelujah Shouts '. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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