What Jesus does that day at the tomb near Bethany is prove that he is the Messiah, that he is the resurrection and the life. So he ordered that the stone be rolled aside. Then he prays. Then he calls for Lazarus to come out. And the dead man came, “his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth” (v. 44). What an amazing miracle! This sort of thing has rarely occurred in the history of humankind. Who can do such a thing? The Messiah, the Son of God! The resurrection and the life!So what does the resurrection of Lazarus mean for us as modern-day readers? As Leon Morris writes in his Reflections on the Gospel of John (p. 417): “Through the centuries this story has brought comfort to the people of God as they contemplate death. It’s not they expect the miracle to be repeated. It hasn’t been. But it shows that our Lord stands in a relationship to death very different from that of our powerlessness. Knowing that he has the power over death and that those who believe in him will never know the full horror of death (vv. 25-26) gives believers confidence and calm in the face of their last enemy. That enemy has been decisively conquered.” (Morris, 417).
Thanks be to God!