Join Ps Josh as he looks at the incredible miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus.
John 11:1-44 – Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.
- The setting – See John 11:45-57; 12:1-2, 9-11
This is one of the last miracles that Jesus performed before being delivered up to be crucified. The raising of Lazarus from the dead was the final catalyst that motivated the Jewish leaders to have Jesus put to death.
- John 11:5 – Jesus loved them, but he delayed coming to them.
God’s timing is different to ours, and we need to let God be God. Jesus is the centre of the universe, and we need to keep trusting in his goodness, even when it feels like he is delaying helping us in our desperate needs.
- John 11:4 – Jesus had a reason to delay his coming – that he might show himself to be the Son of God by raising Lazarus from the dead.
The title ‘Son of God’ reveals that Jesus is God in human form. He shares the nature of the eternal God, along with his power and glory. Matthew 1:22-23; Mark 1:1-3; Luke 1:26-38;
John 1:1-4, 14; 5:17-23; 19:7; 20:30-31.
- John 11:21-27 – Martha understands that there will be a future resurrection (Daniel 12:2, 13) but Jesus informs her that he is the one who gives eternal life and will raise the dead. (John 5:25-29)
- John 11:35 – Jesus wept (see also Romans 12:15).
What we learn from Jesus in his humanity is that real men can shed tears and be vulnerable around friends and family. In Jesus we learn that we have a God who feels our pain and weeps with us. Death, separation, violence, abuse, oppression: these were the result of the human race forsaking God and trying to live autonomously.
- John 11:43-44 – Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.