Today’s passage: John 11
Why does the account of Lazarus’ resurrection only appear in John’s gospel? Of all of Jesus’ deals prior to his own resurrection, it’s probably the biggest; he raised a dude from the dead, and deals don’t get much bigger than that. How did this not make it into the other gospels? It’s weird.
But Jesus’ acts of healing, as we’ve seen, go hand-in-hand with the gospel. They’re a sign that God is straightening what’s gone crooked in his creation–and what greater sign is there that things have gone south in the universe than death? You think back to the garden of Eden, and after Adam and Eve sinned, God essentially says to them, “Well, you’re gonna have to not live forever now.”
But here at Lazarus’ tomb, four days after his passing, to the point where the stench of death has set in (v.39), Jesus reverses the tragedy and calls the man back to the living. Jesus could have prevented Lazarus from dying, but instead he chose to show his disciples and Lazarus’ sisters and the mourners that he was more powerful than the worst, most irrevocable bodily affliction known to man. I infer that for John, a critical element of the gospel is that on a long enough time frame, there is no physical disorder in the universe that Jesus cannot set right.
For today’s chocolate we’re back to the Endangered Species forest mint. Man, do I love me some mint. Favorite ice cream, favorite girl scout cookies. What chocolate cannot be improved by the addition of mint? Well, I’ll admit I’m not always in the mood for mint, but it certainly shares the top of my list with ferociously dark chocolate and peanut butter cups.
What is your favorite addition to chocolate? Complete the sentence for yourself: “What chocolate cannot be improved by the addition of X?” C’mon, solve for X. I want to hear your flavor opinions.