The events of the life of Lazarus have become iconic in secular literature.
In the storytelling world, Lazarus is a man who lives on, to whom death is a blip, someone that has a longer look toward the horizon than the rest of us.
In the Bible, he is the good friend of Jesus, a man the Master cared about.
The tale of Lazarus fascinates us with a man’s death and rebirth at the hands of the Son of God.
Here are 7 Facts about Lazarus to encourage you in your walk with the Lord.
Fact No. 1:
Lazarus was an ordinary guy. Nothing about him was superhuman.
John 11:1 says:
“Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.”
Fact No. 2:
Lazarus was part of Jesus’ plan. The Master was in no rush.
John 11:6 says:
“So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.”
Fact No. 3:
Jesus gave Lazarus four days to ensure he was really dead.
John 11:17 says:
“Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.”
Fact No. 4:
Jesus acknowledged what was plainly obvious. He didn’t try to console Lazarus’ friends.
John 11:14 says:
“Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus has died.’ ”
Fact No. 5:
Jesus commanded all obstacles to his healing power to be removed.
John 11:39 says:
“Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ ”
Fact No. 6:
Jesus pronounced life where there was death.
John 11:43 says:
“When [Jesus] had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’ ”
Fact No. 7:
Faith in God that leads to salvation is more important than our temporary sorrow.
John 11:15 says:
“For your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
Our situation, no matter how devastating, is an avenue for God to work his will in our lives. Martha and Mary were heartbroken that Lazarus had died. Jesus knew the joy he was about to bring.
When all we see is the despair of our sorrow, Jesus tells us new life is on the way.
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