7/22/20 – In today’s reading, John records what is often called “Jesus’ seventh and final sign” in the book of John. In this, we see Jesus raise his friend Lazurus back to physical life after being dead for 4 days. This miracle not only leads many to come to trust and follow Jesus but also causes many of the religious leaders’ hearts to further harden and leads them to finalize their plans to kill him and attempt to squash the momentum of followers that Jesus is drawing to himself. It’s important to note that Jesus is aware that this powerful act of love will ultimately lead him to his inevitable death and resurrection. The ultimate act of love and ultimate sign of Jesus power, authority and authenticity.