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Christ came to the tomb and ordered someone to roll away the stone. Martha objected to this strange request since Lazarus’ body would stink (vv. 38-39). Christ reminded her of His previous statements by saying, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (v. 40) (11:25–26). Then Christ offered a prayer before He performed the miracle (vv. 41-42). The prayer was one of thanksgiving rather than requesting. He is thankful that the Father has heard. It is because He is in close communion with the Father, that this miracle is possible.
Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come forth” (vv. 43-44). It has been said that if Jesus had not named Lazarus when He shouted, the whole cemetery would have been emptied. Here is a picture of many Christians who are alive in Christ but are still bound by the graveclothes of the world. They can’t work because their hands are bound.
The experience of Lazarus is a good illustration of what happens to a sinner when he trusts the Savior (Eph. 2:1-10). Lazarus was dead, and all sinners are dead. He was decayed because death and decay go together. All lost people are spiritually dead, but some are more “decayed” than others. No one can be “more dead” than another.
There are no recorded words of Lazarus in the Gospels, but his daily walk is enough to convince people that Jesus is the Son of God. Because of his effective witness, Lazarus was persecuted by the religious leaders who wanted to kill him and get rid of the evidence.
One day when I was in my early twenties, I realized that I was spiritually dead and asked the Lord for new life in Him. At that moment He gave me new life and I began to have communion with Him through His Word and in prayer. One day He has also promised to give me a new body and I will be with Him physically for all eternity.
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John 8:1-11Jesus Forgives The Adulterous Women
John 8:12-30Jesus Predicts His Death
John 8:31-38The Truth Will Set You Free
John 8:39-47You Are of Your Father The Devil
John 8:48-59Jesus’ Claims To His Identity
John 9:1-12Contentment in Any Circumstance
John 9:13-23Trouble with the Jewish Leaders
John 9:24-34The Testimony of the Healed Man
John 9:35-41The Pharisees Blindless
John 10:1-13The True Shepherd
John 10:14-30The Good Shepherd Knows His Sheep
John 10:22-30Rejected by the Religious Leaders
John 10:31-42Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus
John 11:1-6News of Lazarus’ Death
John 11:7-16The Disciples Warn Jesus About Going to Judea
John 11:17-27Jesus at the home of Mary and Martha
John 11:28-37Emotions of Jesus
John 11:38-44Jesus Calls Lazarus Forth From the Grave
John 11:45-52The Sanhedrin plot to kill Jesus
John 11:53-57The People arrive for the Passover
John 12:1-11Mary Anoints Jesus’ Feet
John 12:12-19Jesus’ Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem
John 12:20-26Some Greeks Seek Jesus
John 12:27-36Jesus Predicts His Death
John 12:37-50Hardened Hearts and the Fear of Man
John 13:1-11Humbleness, Holiness and Happiness
John 13:12-20Happiness Comes by Serving Others
John 13:21-30Jesus Prediction of His Betrayal
John 13:31-38Christ’s Farewell Sermon to His Disciples
John 14:1-7Jesus Encourages the Troubled Disciples
John 14:8-14The Measure, Means, and Might of Prayer
John 14:15-24The Holy Spirit’s Dwelling in Believers
John 14:25-31The Disciple’s Question