God Of Compassion – What The Lazarus Story Shows Us

The following paragraph is one of the last things I have written to be inserted in my book Raised With Christ at this last major round of edits. It was inspired by a fantastic song on the fantastic new CCK album:

One of the most emotive events in the whole Bible takes place when a friend of Jesus dies. The pain of Lazarus’ sister is tangible. In a sense everything the Bible has shown us about the problem of death climaxes at this moment. Suddenly we see the compassion of Jesus and the strength of his emotional response to the devastating impact of death. Jesus’ heart melts and he shares the pain we all feel at losing people to this unwelcome intruder into God’s perfect universe. Jesus is the God who knows every pain, who understands, who weeps. He is the God who has come to us, the comforter. Jesus is about to demonstrate for all to see his mastery over death in raising his friend from the dead. But, first, he weeps. Simon Brading has written a song that beautifully portrays this perspective on the Lazarus account called “God of Compassion” available on the album Have You Heard (see haveyouheard.cck.org.uk)

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