Book of Signs: Last Journey (John 11:1—12:50)

Chapter 11 contains the seventh and last sign of Jesus, which only appears in John's Gospel. It is the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus was the brother of Martha and Mary, and the three were close friends of Jesus as He often visited them in Bethany (near Jerusalem). The Bible only mentions two occasions on which Jesus wept and one of them was at the death of His dear friend Lazarus. Arriving four days after the burial, Jesus came to the tomb and ordered that the stone be rolled back, at which Martha objected, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days” (John 11:39). Jesus called out Lazarus’ name and the dead man came back to life and exited the tomb, covered in burial cloths. This is what Jesus meant in his earlier dialogue with Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25—26).

Although Jesus used His divinity to raise Lazarus from the dead, His humanity brought Him tears at the death of Lazarus. This along with His passion, suffering, and death showed His human nature while the miracles and His Resurrection showed His divine.

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