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Weekly Devotionals

Greater than Lazarus

John 11:39-44

39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Not to say one miracle is greater than another but this miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead I would argue, is quite astounding. For before His own resurrection, this was one of the clearest displays of who Jesus is and what He is all about; that He is indeed the Lord of life who has come to give life to those dead in sin. And we know this to be true for as pointed out earlier in the chapter, Jesus heard the news of Lazarus’ illness, declares that Lazarus’ sickness would not end in death, but he did not go to Lazarus immediately but waited two more days before doing so. This delay ensured not only Lazarus’ passing but as we hear in our passage, but that he would already have been dead and buried long enough for the body to have started decomposing. Still, when Jesus called long-dead Lazarus out of the tomb, Lazarus walked out of that tomb on his own, in his grave clothes, resuscitated from death. Astounding indeed.

Yesterday was Easter Sunday, the day we remember and celebrate the full revelation of Jesus as Savior and Lord. Savior because He paid for the sins of all the world and Lord because by doing so, He broke the power of sin and death to rise from the grave in life eternal. And in so doing, he offers to all, simply by grace through faith in Him, the choice to join Him in His resurrection life.

Or in other words, as astounding as the miracle of Lazarus, Easter shows us that each one of us, again, simply by grace through faith in Jesus, can experience a miracle that’s greater. For as great as it might be to be given physical life again, what’s actually greater… far greater is to be called out of the tomb of our sin and into the new life of Jesus Christ!

So let us live amazed, humbled, grateful, and devoted to Jesus everyday for He did for us something greater than He did for Lazarus. Where Lazarus was raised from physical death just to another physical life, Jesus raised us from the death of sin into the new life of His resurrection. Hallelujah!

He is risen, He is risen indeed!