John 11:25,26 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
This has to stand right at the top as one of Jesus Christ’s greatest miracles. Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. That’s right; FOUR DAYS !!! If you believe the Bible is true and more than just allegories you have to admit, this is over the top. Lazarus body had begun to decay and had to be restored, whatever sickness he had contracted had to be healed, not to mention his spirit was no longer in his body. Lazarus was finished. There was nothing Lazarus could do to fix it, none of his friends could help, as a matter of fact there was no doctor that could straighten out this mess. Lazarus was passed any possibility of being helped.
Like I said before, I believe this is a real historical event with real people involved. A man who had been dead for four days came out of his tomb totally alive. As a matter of fact, Lazarus is seen later that week at the dinner table with Jesus and his friends and family.
Even though this was a real life event it also carries within it a powerful, shocking message for all of us. Lazarus is seen in this account as a representative of all of us. Just as Lazarus was dead and rotting in his tomb, all of us are born in a state of dying, actually rotting in our transgressions and sins. We are all born in a hopeless state. We can’t fix ourselves and there is no person or resources in all the earth that can bring us out of our tomb of death. Our only hope is that Christ Himself will come and stand outside our tomb, weeping and calling out our name. COME FORTH!!!! He cries as He calls your name out of the regions of the damned. He not only forgives our sins but breaks the power of death that has ruled us all our lives. His resurrection power brings us out of the tomb of death and brings us into the world of the living.
Some people wear their death better than others. They dress up their corpse and prop it up to try to convince the world (and themselves) that they’ve got this and they are not that bad. All along, the corpse is stinking just like Lazarus. The only solution is for resurrection life to enter us and bring us out of the land of the damned.