Contributed by LUMO project

Back in verse 4 we learned of Jesus intention, and now it’s time for Him to raise Lazarus from the dead. John reminds us that Jesus is still deeply moved (v38).

This is not a magician delighting to perform a trick, but a man who cares for all involved in the business of life and death, and granted power by His Father for this extraordinary act.

It is proof positive that Jesus’ declaration that He is ‘the resurrection and life’ (v25) was not empty rhetoric, and the disciples would no doubt look back on this when news of His own resurrection comes a few chapters later.

It is an act that confounds us all, for ‘dead men don’t rise’, but reassures us that after the RIP (Rest In Peace) comes the RIG: ‘Rise In Glory’, albeit it into a new and more glorious realm.

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For Lazarus, there was a longer stint to his discipleship, but no doubt he was thrilled to be ‘exhibit A’ in Jesus examples of ‘here’s one I raised earlier’!

Our own confidence in resurrection and the life to come is pretty central to our faith. This was the message of the Early Church, and the compelling truth leading many, if not most of the Twelve, to be martyred for their faith proclaiming it.

John would be spared that but, of all the ‘signs’ included in his Gospel, perhaps this is the most compelling, showing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and by believing we may have life in His name (20:31).


A Prayer To Make:
Thank You, Lord, for raising Lazarus as proof not just that You had the power but that You would one day raise us too. Amen.

An Action To Take:
Whenever you hear anyone say or write RIP, make sure you add in your mind, and may they RIG!

Scripture To Consider:
Ps. 15:1–5; Dan. 12:5–13; Acts 2:29–42; 1 Cor. 15:1–11

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.