The Raising of Lazarus

 

John 11

2 Corinthians 12.9—But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands 

Here the true Paschal Lamb we see, Whom God so freely gave us;
He died on the accursed tree—So strong his love—to save us.
See, his blood now marks our door; Faith points to it; death passes o’er,
And Satan cannot harm us. Alleluia!  Alleluia!

What does this (the 3rd Article of the Apostles' Creed) mean?   I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.  But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.
 

The Resurrection of Lazarus, Leon Bonnat

The Resurrection of Lazarus, Leon Bonnat