Lazarus Is Dead.

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Was Lazarus really dead? Let's have a quick read.

 

''Lazarus is dead!'' These are the three words, Jesus told his disciples while they were on the way to Bethany. Martha had sent a message to tell him that her brother is sick. Jesus told his disciples: ''This sickness will not end in death. It is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it. Jesus wants his disciples to believe. He wants them to believe that he is the Messiah. We cannot move any further if what Jesus told his disciples was a lie. Why should he lie to them? He had first said to them, that Lazarus was asleep; he had fallen asleep. But the disciples were still on the earthly plane. Jesus had to explain to them clearly, that Lazarus was dead. And of course, Jesus added, ''We're going there to wake him up.''

At Bethany, many Jews had come to console the two sisters, Martha and Mary. When the news had first arrived with Jesus, he stayed where he was for another two days. Why didn't he go off straight away when he got the news of the sickness of Lazarus? Jesus and the Jews were not friends. They wanted to kill him. He still took the chance, and went to Bethany. I think that when Jesus got the message, Lazarus was already dead. A sick person can be healed from a distance, but a dead person needs the presence of Jesus.

Jesus was not far from the village of Bethany when Martha met him. Why didn't Mary go with her sister? She stayed in the house until Jesus called her. Martha had said to Jesus when she first met him, ''Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.''
Remember what Jesus said to his disciples, ''I'm glad I wasn't there, so that you would believe.'' jesus, if he had been there, would have healed Lazarus, but that would not have been enough to convince the disciples. Jesus had been healing people all over the place. The disciples would see the glory of God at work in Jesus when he should raise up Lazarus. After Martha went back and told Mary that the 'Teacher' is here, she got up and went to where he was. She repeated the same words Martha had said. Martha went o further to tell Jesus, ''I know God will give you whatever you ask.''
Jesus said to her, ''Your brother will rise again.''
Martha was a wise woman, she knew quite a lot about the raising of the dead, and even the resurrection. Martha said to Jesus, ''I know he'll rise again in the resurrection on the last day.''
Then Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. And whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?''
Martha had no doubt. She made it clear; she believe that Jesus is the Messiah; the one they were waiting for.

Was Lazarus really dead? Of course, he was. Martha's words, ''If you were here my brother would not have died,'' proved that Lazarus was really dead. And then we have the Jews arrive to comfort the sisters. Jesus had already said that there's nothing false in himself. He is a man of truth. Wasn't Peter there at the raising of Lazarus? Because if Mark is recording what Peter told him, he would have mentioned the raising of Lazarus. Why is it not in Mark's gospel? The event is not written in the Synoptics (Matthew, Mark and Luke).

It is interesting to read what Martha had said to Jesus. ''The one you love is sick.''
We find also a passage in John 19: 26. It says: When Jesus saw his mother there, and  the disciples whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ''Woman, here is your son,'' and to the disciple, ''Here is your mother.''
It is not really clear who is the 'beloved disciple?' One archaeologist thinks it is James, the younger brother of Jesus. Some think it is John  the son of Zebedee. Jesus must have loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus very much because he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. He wept. It is important to read carefully what's taking place. Jesus wants to know where the tomb is. Martha doesn't know what Jesus is planning to do. She tells him that Lazarus has been in the tomb now for four days, and there's a bad odor. The Jews who were there were also weeping. THis shows that this was a serious thing. Elijah and his disciple Elisha performed miracles. Jesus as the Messiah was also performing miracles. They took the stone away from the tomb. My God, it must have been an awful smell, but the writer doesn't say anything about that.


Submitted: August 23, 2021

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