Jn.12:17,18 – So the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify about Him. For this reason also the people went to meet Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign.
The miracles of Jesus were real life miracles but at the same time pictures into the kingdom of God. For example, the deaf were healed so they can hear; we too are given ears to hear the sweet voice of Jesus. The eyes of the blind were opened, and our blind eyes also were opened to see the beauty of the Lord. The raising of Lazarus from the dead is the culmination and defining miracle in the ministry of Jesus. All of us were dead in our sins until Christ came. We were hopeless, rotting in our tombs until Christ raised us from the dead. Here is how the Protestant reformer Musculus described this miracle.
“We must note here how greatly the Evangelist celebrated the miracle of the raising of Lazarus, a miracle which the Evangelist wants us to celebrate as well. He was not able to mention it enough. At the beginning of the chapter he said, “Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus had been dead, whom Jesus raised to life.” Then, in the course of the story he writes, “They came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom he raised from the dead.” And now at this place, for the third time he repeats, “Therefore the crowd which was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave and raised him from the dead. . . .” Thus he cannot praise Christ’s power enough, a power which rouses and gives life to the dead, even if they are decaying in their graves.”
Palm Sunday became the open declaration of why Christ had come. The people in the crowd came to see Lazarus as well as the prophet from Galilee. This public miracle proclaimed the resurrection of all of us from the dead. Lazarus was alive, there was no denying that. This miracle forced the hand of Christ’s enemies as well as set the stage for the birth of Christianity. Death was not the end and Christ came to establish a different kingdom. Now it was time for Christ to be glorified – He would die so we all could live.