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The raising of Lazarus, a 15th century icon at the Russian National Museum in St. Petersburg. Christ’s bringing Lazarus back to life has tended to dominate religious art and thought, but there’s more to the story; Jesus was friends with this family, who recognized him as a holy rabbi and prophet. They fed and sheltered him, and their house was always open. When Lazarus got sick and died, Jesus deliberately waited a few days, then headed there to bestow a resurrection experience that prefigured his own. Imagine the love that was involved, and you’ll understand how close these people were.

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