While humanity in general fears death, the Christian can only fear dying. The believer will never die, but simply make an instant transition from an old life to a new life. They are not in the grave, they are for ever with the Lord. They are not unconscious they are with their Lord in Paradise. Death cannot kill a believer, it can only usher him into a freer form of life.
But He means that he will not die in the sense in which death has eternal significance. Death to the wicked is the King of terrors: death to the saint is the end of terrors, the commencement of glory. Jesus made an enormous claim: I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me , though he may die, he shall live. Only God could say such things in truth. Jesus challenged Martha not to debate or intellectual assent, but to belief.
Jesus was and is indeed the Messiah the Christ. Jesus was and is God in human form among us the Son of God. Whatever may be the case with others she has put her trust in Jesus. Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him. Among His followers Jesus was designated primarily by His teaching activities.
But He is recognized as incomparable. The Rabbis refused to instruct women, but Jesus took a very different view.
To Mary, this was equivalent to a command to come. Mary wasted no time in going to Jesus. Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died : Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha has already spoken to Jesus regarding the death of Lazarus, then Mary spoke. Her words are remarkably similar to what Martha told Jesus John My brother would not have died : This is one of the places in the Bible where we wish we could hear the tone of voice and see the expressions on the face. This could have been a noble statement of faith, saying that if Jesus was there they have no doubt at all that He would have healed Lazarus.
On the other hand, it could also be seen as a criticism of what seemed to be the tardiness of Jesus. Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. God sees the tears of the grief stricken and is moved with compassion.
And the Jews who came with her weeping : The Jews of that time and place were not reserved in their expressions of sorrow or grief. It would be almost hysterical wailing and shrieking, for it was the Jewish point of view that the more unrestrained the weeping, the honour it paid to the dead. Jesus saw her weeping… Jesus wept : There is an important contrast between the tears of Mary and the tears of Jesus.
Weeping the word used for Mary in John is a word that describes loud wailing. Jesus was greatly moved, but not out of control. Jesus did not wail loudly but He was deeply grieved. In the ancient Greek, this phrase literally means, to snort like a horse — implying anger and indignation. It signifies a loud inarticulate noise, and its proper use appears to be for the snorting of horses.
When used of men it usually denotes anger. Here it must mean that such deep emotion seized Jesus that an involuntary groan was wrung from his heart. Jesus was angry and troubled at the destruction and power of the great enemy of humanity: death.
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Jesus would soon break the dominating power of death. Therefore no wonder that He groans again, for the violent tyranny of death which He had to overcome stands before His eyes. Jesus wept : Jesus shared in the grief of those who mourn. Yet unlike any other, God the Son was able to do something about their grief.
Jesus allowed this sympathetic passion to uniquely do for Lazarus what He will one day do for all the righteous dead.
Jesus wept : There are many aspects to these two words. Jesus dignified the tears of others in the Bible who wept, and all who weep.
Why not? Jesus did. There cannot be any error in following where Jesus leads the way. Barclay explains that to the mind of the ancient Greek the primary characteristic of God was apatheia : the total inability to feel any emotion whatsoever. The Greeks believed in an isolated, passionless, and compassionless God. See how He loved him! They thought it truly sad that even Jesus, in all His greatness, could do nothing for Lazarus at this point.
Yet, these words were not helpful to anyone. If he does not see fit to do so, does that prove that he has not the power? If he lets Lazarus die, is it proven therefore that he could not have saved his life? May there not be some other reason? Does Omnipotence always exert its power? Does it ever exert all its power?
The believer will never die, but simply make an instant transition from an old life to a new life. Our feline friends reveal a sensory, and even spiritual, world beyond the human. In the ensuing years her work attracted the attention of a multitude of readers, who saw in her singular verse an attempt to catalogue despair, violent emotion, and obsession with death. Lazarus was a good friend of Jesus. Burning at a hundred and three with Sylvia Plath. Add to Channel Select the channel that you want to add this piece of content to from the dropdown and click the "Add to Channel" button. There cannot be any error in following where Jesus leads the way.
Take away the stone : Everybody thought this was a strange thing for Jesus to ask. People probably thought that Jesus was so taken with grief that He wanted one last look at His dear friend Lazarus. If you would believe you would see the glory of God : Jesus was fully capable of this miracle without the faith of Martha or Mary. But if they would not believe, then they would never see the glory of God. They could see the end result and be happy in that, but they would miss the glory of working together with God in the fulfillment of His plan.
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me. Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying : This was a definite and remarkable step of faith. Jesus compelled Martha and Mary to act on their faith and they did by obeying Jesus and His unusual request.
We see that Jesus dealt with Martha according to steps deliberately intended to stretch and build her faith. Jesus lifted up His eyes and said : Jesus likely had the traditional posture of prayer — hands raised, eyes open upwards as if looking towards heaven. The public nature of the prayer was for the sake of Mary, Martha, and the people who are standing by.
The power of the prayer was rooted in the private prayer times of Jesus.
Others whom God used to raise dead bodies in the Scriptures often used far more elaborate procedures. Probably it was in part at least, so that the crowd could know that this was no work of magic, but the very power of God. But she also added that she still believed the Father would do anything Jesus asked of him. Her faith was very strong. Jesus said Lazarus would live again. Martha replied that she knew he would rise again on the last day. Jesus answered, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?
Then Martha went back and sent Mary to Jesus. She also told Jesus that Lazarus would not have died if he had come sooner.
The other Jews gathered around wondered why this great healer didn't heal his good friend. Jesus was greatly upset and asked to be shown where Lazarus lay.