A preacher might want to say:-
This Lazarus story is not just about the past, but about you and me and all, here and now, today, in our lives. When and in so far as you and I live how God wants – how Jesus illustrated – then we are elevated to unity with God, living a risen life to that extent; and so it continues until our climax of this in death, however painful or sad this may seem (as the crucifixion seemed to many). Our journey towards full union with God – in our ‘risen life’ (once called a state of grace) – is what we have to work at here and now. It is the process we live out now, so let us try to keep it up and even improve our risen life in union with (the will of ) God!
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