Before reading this post I would encourage you to read my previous post out of the Gospel of John regarding Lazarus. It can be found here:
9 When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
Following Lazarus’ resurrection, Lazarus continues to stick close to Jesus. It is noted that Lazarus eats with Jesus, and I am sure that Lazarus did not want Jesus to leave his sight. How appropriate is this? Of course Lazarus would want to follow Jesus wherever he went; He just raised him from the dead. Where else would be a better place to be, than in fellowship with his savior?
We ought to do the same. Lazarus did not raise from the dead on his own, he was only raised by the power of Christ. It is only natural to be drawn to the one that gave us life. Why do Christians so often claim that Christ resurrected them, yet don’t even follow him? Does it not just make sense that we pursue the one that gave us the hope of life? Maybe we are just too wimpy of Christians.
Now Lazarus did not choose who would raise him from the dead. He was not is a position to rebuke Jesus’ healing. So when he rose, Lazarus did not question the person of Christ, He just accepted what he had done. We see this same response from the man, who was blind from birth, that Jesus healed:
25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
Yes, Lazarus did not know all about whom had raised him from the dead, but that was inconsequential to the fact that Jesus indeed healed him. So often we get wrapped up in the mysterious nature and personhood of God while neglecting the fact the we must follow Him because of what He has done in our life. Many times, Christians get asked “how” can you follow a God that does (insert modern theological issue). That is the wrong question. The question is: How can I not follow the one who has saved me from death?
Following Jesus came with a cost, and Lazarus was introduced to this worldly opposition very quickly. The Pharisees now not only sought to exterminate Jesus, because of His threat to their own views and way of life, but they also sought to kill Lazarus because of his living witness to the authority of Christ. Could it be that if we are not being faced with same opposition that Jesus was and is being faced with, that we are not truly following Him? Am I living as an authoritative witness to the great healer? Is my life really a depiction of the almighty God who rescued me from sin, death, and hell?
There is a reason martyrdom was so common for the early church founders; they were spreading the gospel so quick that it was threatening the ways of the world. The world saw their death as profitable to their sinfulness, and detrimental to the spread of Christ. Do not be surprised if the world hates you, but in fact, be joyful that you are representing the God who was hated by the world enough to be put to death by the public means of the gruesome cross.
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