I have a friend, Bill, who used to be a locksmith before he became a pastor. A locksmith is someone who knows how to make locks and keys work right. Bill told me one time of a person who needed to have a key made for his house. All during Bill’s work, the owner of the house kept looking at him, wanting to be sure that Bill didn’t make an extra key. Bill said to him: “If I wanted to get into your house, I could pick my way in anytime. Aren’t I the one who make the key in the first place by picking your lock?”
Jesus has the keys to life and death. When he brought Lazarus back to life, wouldn’t he have the power to be resurrected himself? The Jewish leaders were just plain dumb when they got so upset about Lazarus, plotting to kill Jesus. Jesus allowed this to happen, so that he could show his love for us and more: to share life forever with us.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Lectionary,
During most of Lent and Easter we read the Gospel of John.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.