This week we will be studying the story of Lazarus found in John 11:1-45, and this story is extremely unusual in the gospels. This is the miracle of miracles, the most unusual of his healings. Of course it has been mentioned many times that Lazarus died again, but he went through changes that we cannot imagine.
First off he got incredibly sick and died, was dead for four days, and THEN Jesus comes to town and raises him back to life. Wow. I mean how is that for life changes, makes a lot of the things I deal with daily seem pretty insignificant. The old adage holds true, “the more things change the more things stay the same,” but not for Lazarus.
How we deal with change in our lives is a statement to our character, but I think Lazarus and his sisters must have gotten a star in his crown for dealing with all of this drama. Jesus waited before he came, and decided to raise Lazarus from the dead. I think Lazarus probably had a smile on his face for the rest of his life. Any time someone would ask him how we was, he’d look at them with all the seriousness he could muster and say, “it’s better than being dead…”
Of course there are some questions that I would like to ask Lazarus if I would have had the chance. What was it like? would be way up at the top of the list for me. I would wonder how it felt to die and what God really looked like. I don’t Lazarus would answer me truthfully, he would have way too much humor for that.
We are in a season of changes, spring takes the earth from dormant and dead looking to verdant and bustling. That is why this story is so interest at this time because we see the changes, and I imagine the good humor shone by Lazarus in receiving a miracle. Of course it brought attention for the rest of his life, “that’s the guy Jesus raised from the dead.” But I am sure that it filled Lazarus with a joy and verve for life unmatched around him. We should take this example to lead us in ways of dealing with change and stress in a more gracious way.