Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” John 11:38-44
I think that the raising of Lazarus is the second most amazing miracle in the New Testament with only Jesus’ own resurrection after His crucifixion being more amazing. We are amazed by stories today of people being brought back to life after being clinically dead for hours but these cases always involve hypothermia. In a hospital setting people can be kept clinically dead for a number of hours but once again at a reduced body temperature. All these people were brought back to life in a hospital setting and are extremely rare.
Lazarus did not have the benefit of modern medicine. In fact he had already been wrapped up tight in burial cloths and put in a tomb where he had been for four days. And unlike modern cases, Lazarus had already begun to decay. A fact brought out by Martha when in response to Jesus’ command to roll the stone from the tomb she said there will be an odor. What she said was he stinks. The Jewish custom was to leave the body in the tomb for a year while all the flesh decayed and then put the bones in an ossuary. By four days dead that process was well on its way.
None of this deterred Jesus, after the stone was moved He commanded in a loud voice for Lazarus to come out. Immediately here came Lazarus hopping out of the tomb. I can imagine everyone there was in shock and most likely just stood there mouths agape. Jesus had to tell them to unbind Lazarus form the burial cloths.
One other thing to note, Jesus said “Lazarus, come out.” If He had just shouted “come out? I imagine that all the dead in that tomb and every other one in ear shout would have come hopping out. Now that would have been quite a scene. However God does not go over the top in His miracles, He does them to get His point across not to entertain.
Once again Jesus shows us His divinity and that as God He commands life and death. On the final day, Jesus will bring back to life not only bodies dead for four days but bodies that have been dead throughout history. That is a shout worth waiting for.
Have a blessed day,