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The Lesson Of Lazarus
The death and resurrection of Jesus' friend Lazarus is one of the best-known incidents of Bible History. But Lazarus' resurrection was also a direct object lesson in Messianic Prophecy. The raising of Lazarus from a cavernous grave after he had been dead for days occurred just prior to the Christ's own death - from which He too would walk out alive from a cavernous grave after He had been dead for days.
"Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?"
Although Jesus grieved at Lazarus' death ("11:35 Jesus wept. 11:36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!" John 11:35-36 KJV), He allowed Lazarus to die for a purpose: "11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die" (John 11:25-26 KJV).
"11:38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.
Although most of the Pharisees and religious council had Jesus killed for reasons of petty politics ("11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation" John 11:48 KJV), it seems that some of them, most particularly Caiaphas, had enough light to recognize that Christ was The Lamb of God - and that He had to be sacrificed i.e. "11:51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death" (John 11:51-52 KJV).
"11:45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 11:46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 11:47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
Fact Finder: Lazarus was resurrected to physical life. Did he later die again, to await his resurrection of salvation?