Dead man walking!
Scripture reading for November 3rd: John 9-12
My son Marshal and I visited Bethany as a part of a study class that spent three weeks in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. At Bethany one morning, we visited a place that might have been the tomb that Lazarus was laid in. We went down a narrow passageway carved out of the rock and entered the musty cave where there were some niches carved in the wall as places to lay the bodies. The tomb was illuminated by an electric light. After reading the Scriptures, I left first, took my camera and called out, “Marshal, come out!” I got a great picture and a real visual of what those with Jesus witnessed that day when Lazarus came out!
Jesus often stayed at Lazarus’ home in Bethany, less than two miles from the Temple in Jerusalem. (John 11:18) Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha, who also loved Jesus. They had sent word to Jesus that their brother was deathly sick, but Jesus purposely delayed coming. (John 11:3-6) When Jesus arrived, Lazarus was already dead and entombed for four days. Martha came to meet Jesus and told Him that if He had been there, Lazarus would not have died. She also made another key statement, “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:22) Martha had faith in Jesus and His prayers!
Jesus gave her a Word of knowledge: “Your brother will rise again.” (John 11:23) Martha’s understanding of the resurrection had come from studying the Old Testament Scriptures. (Possibly Daniel 12:1-3, 13) Jesus spoke again to her prophetically, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26) This time Martha confessed that she believed that Jesus was the Christ, Son of God!
Jesus went to the tomb and wept! (John 11:35) What compassion Jesus showed for this man that He loved! Jesus was deeply moved a second time and ordered the stone taken away. After thanking His Father, Jesus called, “Lazarus, come out!” Lazarus came out, grave clothes and all! The dead man walked back into life!