Evening, November 21, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.” — John 12:2
Lazarus is to be envied. It was good to be Martha and serve, but better to be Lazarus and commune. There are times for each purpose, and each is suitable in its season, but none of the trees of the garden yield such clusters as the vine of fellowship. To sit with Jesus, to hear his words, to mark his acts, and receive his smiles, was such a favor as must have made Lazarus as happy as the angels. When it has been our happy lot to feast with our Beloved in his banqueting hall, we would not give half a sigh for all the kingdoms of the world, if so much breath could have bought them.
He is to be imitated. It would have been a strange thing if Lazarus had not been at the table where Jesus was, for he had been dead, and Jesus had raised him. For the risen one to be absent when the Lord who gave him life was at his house, would have been ungrateful indeed. We too were once dead, yes, and like Lazarus stinking in the grave of sin; Jesus raised us, and by his life we live–can we be content to live at a distance from him? Do we omit to remember him at his table, where he condescends to feast with his brethren? Oh, this is cruel! It is incumbent upon us to repent, and do as he has bidden us, for his least wish should be law to us. To have lived without constant communication with one of whom the Jews said, “Behold how he loved him,” would have been disgraceful to Lazarus; is it excusable in us whom Jesus has loved with an everlasting love? To have been cold to him who wept over his lifeless corpse, would have argued great insensitivity in Lazarus. What does it argue in us over whom the Savior has not only wept, but bled? Come, brethren, who read this portion, let us return to our heavenly Bridegroom, and ask for his Spirit that we may be on terms of closer intimacy with him, and from now sit at the table with him.