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Your Text Has Feelings (Pt. 2)

You know how to interpret the ideas of a preaching passage, but there's much more there. Why the emotion of a text is key to inspirational preaching

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This is part two of a three-part series. Part one concluded with an initial exploration of the emotions of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus leading up to the John 11 account of Jesus' raising Lazarus from the dead. This article resumes with a look at John 11 itself. Part three.

The narrative makes clear the strong emotional connection Jesus shares with the family:

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick." But when Jesus heard this, He said, "This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it." Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, (John 11:1-5, NAU, emphasis mine ).

The strength of that emotional connection sets the stage for the narrative tension generated by the next verse. "So when He heard ...

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