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Resurrection climax | John 11:41-44

 41 So they removed the stone. And Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 But I knew that You always hear Me; nevertheless, because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 And when He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 Out came the man who had died, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus *said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

John 11:41-44 (NASB)

The tension has built to a peak. Lazarus has been dead for 4 days. Jesus didn’t prevent his death. He’s here now grieving with the family. He’s teaching the sisters, Marth and Mary, to believe in Him as the resurrection and the life. Jesus weeps. He even seems to get angry. Jesus tells them to remove the stone.

Father sends the son

Jesus prayed with thanksgiving for what He knew was about to happen. “Jesus spoke to a dead body as if Lazarus were alive because He is God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:17).” (enduringword.com)

Then they remove the stone and … nothing happens! Did a stench waft out of the tomb? Did they expect anything else? Jesus talks to the Father aloud so the mourners can hear, and know that the Father sent the Son. That was the goal – that the Father may be glorified with the Son and all would know that the Father sent the Son…as Messiah, as Savior, as the victor over death and provider of eternal life.

The climax

Now the climax. Can you hear the orchestra playing 𝆑𝆑𝆑 at 120bpm? The tympanie rolls with thunder. Then – everything goes silent… Jesus cries out, “Lazarus, come out!” A pregnant pause. An awkward silence ensues. The bystanders try to process what’s going on and wonder what will happen.

Out came Lazarus! The horns kick in big time with loud cymbal crash! A preacher once said it’s good that he specifically called Lazarus otherwise all the dead would have come out! He was still wrapped in burial linens as was common, and as they will wrap Jesus after He dies. 

Let him go

Jesus commands: unbind him and set him free. The crowd were stunned. They couldn’t believe it. The account ends quickly so we don’t know if any ran to Jesus and worshiped at his feet – especially Martha and Mary.

<- Reflection ->
  • One thing we learn is that God can and does do His work regardless of our faith, even of our asking! Yet, He calls us to believe, as Jesus called Mary and Martha. And God loves when we ask Him for help – especially the impossible.
  • Are you dead in your sins, trapped in the grave in grave clothes?  Jesus is speaking your name to “come out”. Believe in Him!
Empty tomb. Image from Pxfuel.com

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  1. What a dramatic depiction of the resurrection of Lazarus! Good job!

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