Jan Lievens – The Raising of Lazarus
The miracle of Lazarus brought back to life is a prelude to the death and resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus has power over this death, what must this say about Jesus’power over his own life? The Jewish leaders ironically miss the whole point. Lazarus alive becomes the precipitating event that enrages the scribes and Pharisees to seek Jesus’death. Ultimately their spiritual death occurs.
John dramatically tells the story. Human and divine elements fill the scenes. Verse 35 is the shortest verse in the Bible: “Jesus wept.” Meditate upon the movements and levels of meaning in this wondrous chapter of the Bible. Take to your own heart the words of verse 44 spoken by Jesus on Lazarus’behalf: “Loose him and let him go.”
What are these?
Seeing the Light of this world v. 9
You: resurrection and life v. 25
Faith in You, I’ll never die v. 26
Loose me, Lord, and then I’m free. v. 44
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