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“He is not here. He has risen!”

Since the time those words were spoken to three astonished women on a Sunday morning long ago, the world has been a different place. Sure, it doesn’t always appear that way: the winter hangs on, and darkness often seems to have the upper hand. But, despite all appearances to the contrary, God’s love (and light and life) is “as strong as death, unyielding as the grave.” The resurrection of Jesus Christ fills us with hope that this is, in fact, true – that death does not have the final word, that we are made for life and love unending.

This morning, as we dwell on the story of Lazarus from John 11, we are reminded that this is also our story. We are those who have come into contact with the One who is Resurrection and Life – and, “having been united with Christ in a death like his, will also surely be united with him in a resurrection like his”.