More Powerful Than Death

In John 11:38-57, we come to the climax of the story of Lazarus’ resurrection. Jesus went to the tomb and told them to move the stone that blocked the entrance.

At his request, Martha interjects because Lazarus had already been dead for four days and the tomb would stink. 

The human body begins to decay only four minutes after you die and within the first 24-72 hours, your internal organs decompose. During days 3-5 is when the body bloats and bloody foam leaks from the nose and mouth (Aftermath). I don’t share these gory details to gross you out or shock you, I share them to present a more accurate picture of the miracle Jesus was about to do. 

So Lazarus’ body was bloated and stinky, yet Jesus wanted the tomb opened. At Martha’s interjection, he reminded her to have faith and she would see the glory of God.

“Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”

John 11:40

Jesus then prays to God the Father, not because he needed to, but so that those watching would believe he was sent by the Father. Then Jesus calls Lazarus out of the tomb, and he came! Not only did he come, but he was still wrapped in strips of linen. He came out looking like a mummy! In all transparency, this miracle would have scared me. First because of zombies, and second because my mind could not handle such a mind-blowing miracle. 

What I love about this story is that it is a very real reminder that through Jesus anything is possible. Not even scary, stinky death stands a chance against Jesus’ reign and power. 

Whatever you are facing right now, whether it’s big or small, Jesus has the power to work miracles more awesome than you could ever imagine. Give your struggles to him.

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