Writing from home, in Fresno, California.

“Lazarus, come forth!”

The powerful words of Jesus can raise the dead.  Lazarus was completely dead.  For four days he had lain in the grave. The stench would have been unbearable.  But Jesus could solve all of those minor problems.

One of the shortest verses of the Bible is found in this passage,

“Jesus wept.”

Why did Jesus weep? Most believe it was because his friend had died.  We all know that kind of grief and have wept ourselves over loved ones who have died. Yet Jesus knew he could raise Lazarus from the dead. All he had to do was call him out of the grave. Perhaps Jesus wept for another reason?

Did Jesus weep from the lack of belief of the Mary, Martha, and the rest of those with them? He asks Martha point blank,

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

She did believe in the resurrection, but evidently was not certain Jesus could do it at a moment’s notice; “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”  Jesus replied,

“Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?”

No one standing there that day believed Lazarus would come walking out of that tomb. After all the miracles Jesus had performed (even raising the dead), they still doubted. Jesus wept. Unbelief caused him sorrow.

It was only after Lazarus came forth from the grave that many believed (vs. 45).

One would think a resurrection of a dead man would cause celebration.  But the opposite happened.  The Sanhedrin gathered, along with the chief priests.  Their concern? Losing power (vs. 48).

People refuse to believe in Jesus for a variety of reasons.  Still, he is the resurrection and the life.  Do you believe this?

Read John 11:1-57

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