This video segment takes us to the village of Bethany, 1½ miles east of Jerusalem. As the video opens, Rob Fuquay stands in front of a first-century tomb carved out of limestone. We learn that it is Lazarus's tomb. Fuquay recalls the story of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha, all good friends of Jesus. Lazarus becomes ill and dies. By the time Jesus reaches Bethany, Lazarus has been dead for four days. As he stands at the door to Lazarus's tomb, Fuquay says he's always wondered why Jesus took his time getting to Bethany—why he didn't spare Mary and Martha from their brother's death. He feels the emotion of Martha's words, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn't have died." She is disappointed in Jesus. "Do you know what it's like to be disappointed in God?" Fuquay asks. We go down into Lazarus's tomb with Fuquay as we ponder those words.
The scene shifts to the Garden Tomb. Over the years Christians have come here to pray, worship, and celebrate that Jesus is not dead—he is risen! The Garden Tomb reminds us that God does not have to sidestep death to be powerful. Christ's resurrection shows us that nothing can stop God from working. "Have you ever experienced God bringing new possibilities when you thought all hope was lost?" Fuquay asks. "That's the power of the one who said, 'I am the resurrection and the life.'" We review scenes from Lazarus's tomb and the Garden Tomb as we reflect on God's power to bring new possibilities into our lives.
Rev. Rob Fuquay is senior pastor at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, IN. As a pastor to one of the largest churches in the denomination, Rob says as he studies Jesus, he sees someone who shows grace to all people, and he wants to be a part of a church that models that understanding. Fuquay has degrees from Pfeiffer University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He and his wife, Susan, have three daughters — Julie, Sarah, and Anna. Rob is the best-selling author of The God We Can Know: Exploring the "I Am" Sayings of Jesus.