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The greatest Miracle ever
Jesus restored life to a decomposing & decaying corpse buried over 4 days
Lazarus was sick and the sisters, Mary and Martha sent for Jesus to come and heal their brother, but He delayed 2 to 4 days in coming to them. The illness took the life of their brother, Lazarus, a friend of Christ. But the reason why Christ delayed was the prerogative of the Father and not Mary, Martha or the 12 disciples. Jesus said that the sickness was for the honor and glory of God. “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of Man might be glorified through it.” (v.4)
Mary and Martha made the same identical statements about their brother concerning Christ coming before the death of Lazarus. “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (vv.21 & 32b) But Jesus answered and said, “Your brother will live again.” (v.23) In Mary’s and Martha’s minds, living again was not now but future. But Jesus was speaking about here and now and not just in the far future. (vv.21-22)
Jesus Christ was and still is the Resurrection and Life. (v.23, vv.25-26) He is the Author of Life and it was Him who gave Adam and Eve the breath of life at the commencement of humanity. There is no impossibility with Him. The scripture says, “With God, nothing shall be impossible.” (Lk.1:37) Nothing is too hard for God and nothing is too difficult for Him. (Jer.32:17)
Jesus Christ is still the Ultimate Preventer of all ages and wherever humans are found. He prevented the death in the case of Lazarus and in the days of His flesh He was preventing cancer, demon inhabitation of man, crippling, heart, lungs diseases as well as having authority over the elements. There is no one like Him amongst men and there will never be in this world or the world to come. (v.21, v.32)
Jesus wept. (v.35-37) He is the perfect Man and the perfect God and His ontology was very much seen in the tears that flowed from His eyes. He was touched with the weaknesses of mankind and shared in all our infirmities. There were no known cases within mankind that He refrained from the love of God as He stood above all in bearing our sins on His own Body on the cross.
This was the ultimate miracle amongst mankind in the whole wide world, past, present and probably future. Can you imagine the death of a man in which all the funeral proceedings have been completed and the relatives of the diseased have gone home to think of the departure of their relative? A man came to the family and enquired where they have buried him. They showed him the cemetery and crowds of people followed to see what would happen. The buried body has started to decompose and decay had already begun. This man told those who are standing by (probably the family of the diseased) to unearth the coffin and bring out the decaying corpse.
They obeyed him and did what he said. Then he did the unthinkable and the unimaginable by calling the name of the dead man to come back to life. Everyone was watching to see what will happen and all of a sudden, the dead man was thrown out the grave by some divine power bounded in grave-clothes from the top of his head to the sole of his feet. Everyone who witnessed this occurrence just held their breath for few seconds before bursting out in praise and worship to the God who gave men such power. This was exactly what happened in history to Lazarus brought about by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It has never been duplicated among men. Can He repeat this fit amongst His saints even in the 21st Century. Yes He can wherever He finds faith in humanity.
Now Lazarus was dead 4 to 6 days earlier and he was buried in a cave and had a huge stone at the entrance of it. This incident was not a myth neither was it a fable told from generation to generation. It was a fact of history and the records of Lazarus, Mary and Martha are still with us today in Israel. (vv.38-44) The illness or sickness which killed him was instantly cured. The decaying body was restored to functioning state immediately. The body that returned to dust because it was over 4 days ago was immediately called back less than few seconds. The blood began to flow in his body and went through the heart, the brain and the rest parts of the body and at least about 2 to 3 gallons. His spirit which has departed at his burial returned and Lazarus was functioning as a human being again. All these were less than few seconds in duration. Life has gone out of his body and decay had already begun as the body died over 4 days ago. (v.39) But the Lord Jesus Christ was following orders from His Father.
The impossible will become possible with faith in God for those that come to Him must believe that He is Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Heb.11:6, v.40) Anything and all things are possible with God and man if the latter believes in the Former. Jesus Christ said to Martha, “Believing is seeing”. (v.40) “All things are possible to him that believes!”
They removed the huge stone from the entrance of the cave where Lazarus was buried. (v.41) And then, Jesus Christ prayed to His Father as He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. You always hear Me, but for the sake of the crowds who are standing around and that they may believe that I came from You.” He then cried with a loud voice and said, “Lazarus, come forth!” And within split seconds, the unthinkable and unimaginable happened:
- The decomposing flesh came together
- The brain was restored with oxygen flowing freely
- The bones came together, bone to bone and over thousands of them
- The veins, arteries and heart received blood flowing to all the parts of the body. It was a divine transfusion!
- Life came from God and entered in Lazarus
- He was catapulted outside the grave where the people were who have come to comfort Mary and Martha. He was bound with grave-clothes from the top of his head to the bottom of his sole.
- The greatest miracle had occurred to man and he received it from the hands of God, his Creator.
- Lazarus was alive again and had been cured of the sickness that took his life.
- Then Jesus Christ said, “Loose him and let him go.” Letting him go and unbinding him were the responsibility of man. They bound him and they should unbind him as well.
When a man or woman does not have God or knows Him, he has no place or nation on this planet, even if he is a king or pauper. Satan has already displaced him and he has lost everything including his life. (v.48)
What do we learn from the raising of Lazarus? Can God do it again through a human being?