Jn. 11:25-27 – Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.
I love the story of Lazarus. It was one of the last miracles in the ministry of Jesus and had to be the most important of all. After all, when Jesus turned the water into wine as His first miracle, we learned He would save His best miracles for last. Why is this miracle so important? First, Jesus always takes care of His friends. Are you a friend of God? That is what Jesus called His followers, they were His friends. This is what we are called to, friendship with the Lord. This is definitely our place of safety.
Next, we see a picture of why Jesus came in this miracle. Lazarus was dead, laying in the tomb for four days. There was nothing he could do to fix his situation. There was no doctor, lawyer, politician, or health consultant that could change these circumstances. Lazarus was dead. This is a picture of where all of us are without Christ, dead in our sins. The only solution? Jesus had to intervene and raise Lazarus and us from the dead.
Ever been in a horrible situation that you can’t fix? Getting a little to close to home? Is it possible we are all in a situation at this moment that no one can fix? I think the answer to that question is a definite yes. No doctor or scientist has the answer for the Corona plague. The politicians seem to be using this moment to advance their own agendas; you know the drill, “never waste a disaster”. But behind it all, waiting for His moment, is the grave robber Himself.
Remember how Jesus showed up in the darkest of moments and spoke into the tomb of death. “Lazarus, come forth”. All hope was lost and then resurrection life raised Lazarus up from the grave. That seems to be how Jesus operates. The good news is we are in one of those dark moments and I think I hear some rustling outside our tomb.