Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 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.” (John 11:38–44 , NIV)
We often like to think of John 11.35 as our “favorite” verse, simply because it is so easy to remember. The real favorite of the stories should be these. “You will see the glory of God.” Is there anything better?
In our world, death is seen as the absolute, final act. In what ways might this not be the case?
How do you think you would have reacted to see Lazarus come out of the tomb?
What does the fact that Jesus has power over death tell you about his power and perhaps even more importantly in our story, his love for others?