Today on our annual Casting Nets Pilgrimage to the Holy Land we visited Bethany.
Bethany could be considered a suburb of Jerusalem. The Gospels share with us that Jesus stayed here often with some friends. So we visited the house of Mary & Martha, as well as the Tomb of Lazarus.
Can you imagine the witness that Lazarus was for Jesus being the promised Messiah, the Son of God?
He was a walking, talking, BREATHING testimony to who Jesus was.
In fact, Lazarus was such a powerful sign for Jesus that the Gospel of John shares this, "So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus" (Jn 12:10,11).
That means that Lazarus was one effective missionary disciple...