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Saturday, May 21 2016
John 11: Why Did The Messiah Raise Lazarus From The Dead?
"This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby"
The Messiah often visited Martha, Mary and Lazarus at Bethany, a town on the Mount of Olives (see The House of Martha and Mary). It was at Bethany that two very famous events of Bible history occurred: the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead, and then, after His own Resurrection (see Passover: The Days From Sacrifice To Resurrection), the ascension of the Messiah to the Throne of God in heaven (see The Ascent From Bethany and the Fact Finder question below).
The Messiah deliberately stayed away and did not heal Lazarus as he was dying - despite the pleas of his sisters Martha and Mary to come quickly. Some of the disciples thought that the Messiah stayed away from Judea because of the very real personal danger to Him (see Why Was The South A Dangerous Place?), but the death of Lazarus had a purpose.
"11:1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 11:2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 11:3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
When the Messiah arrived, Lazarus had been dead for four days. Martha and Mary first expressed their disappointment that the Msssiah hadn't come sooner ("Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died" and "When when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died"), but then resisted opening the tomb ("Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days"). Exactly as intended, everyone knew without doubt that Lazarus was surely and very dead.
"11:17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. 11:18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: 11:19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 11:20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
Lazarus was then raised from the dead. The healing that he received was not only from what killed him, but from the decomposition that was by then consuming the body (see The Biology Of The Resurrection).
"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.
Amazingly, the religious "leaders" not only were not impressed by the miracle, they then sought to cover it up by murdering Lazarus too (see Who Else Did They Want To Kill At Passover?).
"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.
Fact Finder: What happened to the Messiah when He ascended to heaven from Bethany?
This Day In History, May 21
293: Roman Emperors Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius and Diocletian began to reign as a Tetrarchy, meaning "four rulers" (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). Tiberius (the photo shows a statue of him that was done in his own time) was the Caesar at the time of the Crucifixion of the Messiah.
878: Syracuse, Italy, was captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.
996: Otto III was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) by Pope Gregory V. Gregory's actual name was Bruno of Carinthia; he was the first German pope and a cousin of Otto (see Emperors and Popes and The Struggle For The Papacy; also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1471: King Henry VI was murdered in the Tower of London during the Wars of the Roses. Edward IV took the throne.
1502: Portuguese explorer Joao da Nova discovered the island later known as Saint Helena.
1536: The General Assembly of Geneva, Switzerland officially embraced Protestantism by accepting the "evangelical faith" of the Swiss reformers.
1554: Queen Mary I granted a royal charter to Derby School to be established as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England.
1809: The Battle of Aspern-Essling, Napoleon's first serious personal defeat, fought between a French and allied army of 73,000 men, and 115,000 Austrians under Archduke Charles around the towns of Aspern and Essling near Vienna. Austrian loses were 23,400 men, French losses over 23,000.
1856: The town of Lawrence, Kansas was burned by pro-slavery forces.
1894: England's Manchester Ship Canal was officially opened by Queen Victoria.
1939: The Canadian National War Memorial was unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the mother of Queen Elizabeth II) in Ottawa. Canada immediately joined with Britain in the war against Adolf Hitler a few months later (Canada had 1 million men and women in the military during the war and 3 aircraft carriers from that era), at the start of the Second World War in September 1939 (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: British tank forces attacked German General Erwin Rommel's 7th Panzer Division at Arras, slowing his blitzkrieg of France.
1946: Nuclear weapons physicist Louis Slotin was fatally irradiated during an experiment with the "Demon core" (a 14 pound mass of plutonium that was detonated in an experimental atomic explosion a few weeks later) at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
1956: The U.S. exploded the first airborne weapon of mass destruction with a hydrogen bomb over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1960: 5,700 people were killed in southern Chile by the by one of the strongest earthquakes on record: magnitude 9.5
1982: During the Falklands War, a British amphibious assault led to the Battle of San Carlos.
1991: Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a bomb hidden in a bouquet of flowers while campaigning in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu.
2001: France (by means of the "Taubira law") officially declared the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
2003: An earthquake in northern Algeria killed over 2,000 people.