It isn’t easy to die. At least a person only has to face it once, right?
Jesus will call him back from the tomb. Incredibly, he will live again.
But this also means he will die again.
Lazarus died twice!
When we first read of Jesus bringing Lazarus back, the natural thought is, “What a blessing!”
Then we realize what seems like a second chance at life also means he was removed from a state where all his troubles were over. Brought back to a world where suffering is again possible for him.
Apparently Jesus knows he won’t mind.
Maybe Jesus knew his sisters Martha and Mary would need him in the future. In which case, Lazarus would gladly return.
We don’t know. What we do know is Jesus demonstrated His power over death by calling him from the grave to live again. What better assignment could any student of Jesus desire?
Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"
In this story we see the result for every student who follows Jesus. Who trusts Him!
There is a resurrection when life is over! The glory of God!
The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."