Fifth Sunday of Lent: Ezekiel 32:12-14; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45

When the Lord comes in power, everything changes.
To the valley of dry bones, the Word of God is spoken: “I will put My Spirit in you, and you will live” (Ezekiel 37:14). It is only through the working of the Holy Spirit that there can be blessing among God’s people. It is only through the Spirit’s power that God’s work is carried forward in the blessing of many who are dead in their sins without God’s saving grace. When the Lord comes in power, everything changes. The dead are brought to life.

The Spirit has been given to us.
In Romans 8:10-17, the spiritual nature is summed up thus: it’s “the Spirit” living in us. Our new life is life in the Spirit. We must never think of spirituality as if it is some kind of higher nature in us. It’s the Spirit who has been given to us.

The power of Jesus – and the love of Jesus
“Lazarus has died, but I’m glad that I wasn’t there so that you can grow in faith” (John 11:15). “I am the One who brings people back to life, and I am life itself” (John 11:25). The Lord is working in us to strengthen our faith in Him. He is our living Saviour. “See how much Jesus loved him” (John 11:30). In the raising of Lazarus, we see more than the power of Jesus. We see the love of Jesus.

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