Why Lazarus Had To Die and Be Buried

Our brother is dead and has been for four days; he is now in the decay stage, letting out a stink. These were words Martha expressed to the Lord. The thoughts that permeated the sisters possibly was that YAHSHUA was too late. No hope, no light of life for their brother, until YAHSHUA said to Martha, I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, although he may die, yet he shall live. (John 11:25). These words were given Martha before Lazarus’ resurrection, as she argued with the Lord concerning it, not realizing YAHSHUA to be God incarnate, the Creator of life; this man, Whom she entertained several times and the family had a relationship with Him, YAHSHUA, now introduces Himself as the Resurrection and Life in a timely hour, when their hearts were desperate for hope.

The moment came when reality hit Martha and Mary. YAHSHUA, lifting His eyes, prayed: Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. Yes, I know You always hear and listen to Me, but I have said this on account of and for the benefit of the people standing around, so that they may believe that You did send Me (John 11:42). After His prayer, He shouted with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out! This resurrection command was very powerful. It was a prophetic command, for this shout will be the same shout calling YAHSHUA’S bride by name at her resurrection time by means of the rapture. The dead in Christ will hear their names called forth to life, simultaneously, the living ones will hear their names being called out from this world and we all -the dead and the living will be forever with the Lord. The resurrection shout will be so powerful to the point that every dead body would have risen, had the names not being mentioned; at that time, the earth will tremble, while releasing its dead in Christ. Those left behind will be astonished at what they will see on that day.

“Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe on Me, you would see the glory of God?” A question YAHSHUA directed to Martha at her unbelief. The glory of God is seen only through faith in believing God. The glory of God is, among other definitions, His goodness. His goodness is seen everywhere we look. From the rising of the sun to its setting, God performs goodness toward men. To Moses, God showed His physical goodness, when Moses saw His back, and when God gave him what he requested: His presence among the people.  God is good to all; He is good all the time!  For Israel that day, the glory of God shone through the resurrection power expressed by YAHSHUA’S voice, the Author of life. At the calling of his name, Lazarus came out with his feet, hands and face wrapped in burial cloths. YAHSHUA then commanded them saying, Free him of the burial wrappings and let him go (John 11:44).

A very important command, indeed. A born-again person must walk away from all earthly things that bound him, to walk in newness of life and alive in Christ. The healed person also must leave behind the thoughts of diseases, and its symptoms, to walk in complete healing, and in the resurrection power prayed over him. The people who had come to Lazarus’ funeral saw the glory of God without the veil of doubt. The glory of God was at that moment, His Son. God lighted on Him His power over death, for all to see, which interpreted the entire scenario as one important fact for the nation of Israel: Behold, the Son of God- the Messiah among you! The hour had arrived when the Son of God was glorified by His heavenly Father before the world seemly would get rid of Him. Two weeks remained before His trials, Israel heard God’s voice, they saw the evidence registered in His power over death that He, YAHSHUA was the Messiah.

Lazarus’ death and burial constituted a solid fact no one could deny that YAHSHUA was the Son of God. For that reason, he was allowed to die and be buried. The truth remains, however, that the nation of Israel represented by her government, made the choice not to believe and continued with their plan to have YAHSHUA killed, taking the solely responsibility of guilt upon themselves and their children. A sad scenario, indeed. Lazarus’ resurrection happened to open the eyes of the nation of Israel to the truth, but they chose to keep their eyes veiled. Many who had come to comfort the sisters, believed YAHSHUA after what they had seen, but others ran to the authorities to denounce Him.

A meeting of the Sanhedrin was called to decide what to do with YAHSHUA, for fear of losing their position, and power, as the people would decide to follow YAHSHUA.

Lazarus shone the evidence that demanded belief; Israel, however, stood guilty for not repenting and believing. Their salvation demands repentance and acceptance of their Messiah. Although, we have not seen what Israel saw, we have believed that YAHSHUA was the Messiah Who was to come; the future King that is to come to reign this earth. He will judge in righteousness and in truth. His death and resurrection have forever marked the hearts of those who have believed in Him. The new covenant of blood, He established with His own blood, has sealed us eternally into His family.

Thank you God for Your eternal salvation through the blood of Your Lamb.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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