Jesus Raises Dead Lazarus
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 April 2017
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? 38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
he command of Jesus to roll away the large stone, which closed the entrance to the tomb, brought certain qualms to Martha. She had asked for this raising, but her faith in Christ’s power was almost engulfed by her awareness of conditions inside the sepulchre. Embalming was not practised in first-century Palestine. Burial usually occurred, therefore, on the day of death. Bodies were wrapped in strips of cloths, with spices sprinkled among the bindings to dispel the odour. Jesus encouraged Martha by pointing her away from the corruption of the tomb to the possibility of glorious promise.
Our Lord then prayed to the Father. The communion between the Son and the Father was so complete and harmonious. He did not pray at the tomb in order to ascertain God’s will or to direct it, for this was already done (11:4). Now He was publicly thanking the Father for what was about to happen. This public thanksgiving would enable the people to see that He was truly the One whom the Father had sent to do His will.
He then called Lazarus to come out of his grave. He called aloud so that the crowd would know what was happening. Jesus brought Lazarus alive from the tomb. Lazarus came out wrapped in cloths. If the legs were separately wrapped in the burial cloths, as was sometimes done, walking would have been possible though awkward.
Can you imagine the amazement on the faces of the crowd? Of all the miracles, which our Lord has performed during His earthly ministry, this was the most outstanding. In Old Testament times prophets had raised dead persons (cf. Elijah: 1 Kings 17:17-24; Elisha: II Kings 4:1-37; 13:20-21). However, in none of those cases was one dead for four days. Also, no modern “healer” can make such claims. Truly the raising of Lazarus from the grave sets Jesus apart from any other miracle workers that ever lived.
Jesus is life and resurrection!
Lord, thank You for the endless hope I have in You.