Jesus is stronger than death! For him death isn’t what it is for us; an impossible barrier to climb, the one thing that truly separates us from those we love.
For Jesus death is just a sleep, that he can awaken us from.
A few times we meet it in the bible; that Jesus conquers death. A widow gets his only son back from death when they meet Jesus on their way to the grave (Luk 7), Jairus are sick with worry and sorrow but gets his little girl back from death when he brings Jesus along (Mark 5).
It makes me smile to read this and I’m amazed, not only because Jesus can do this, but by the cares he does it with and the down-to-earth way of telling them to feed them and clothe them. I guess the last part is needed or else it wouldn’t have been done with the people around in awe over Jesus’ powers….
And then, a few days before he’s heading against his own death, he shows his power and mercy by calling Lazarus out from the grave. No wonder people are amazed about this guy. Stronger than death!
On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.”Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”Jesus said to her, “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. Do you believe this?””Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.”But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 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.”
Even thought he gets there way late and Martha is giving him in for that, in the end it doesn’t matter because Jesus is stronger than death. Now he’s ready to face his own death and conquer it for real.
One day death will not be anymore among us, but for now we cling to the hope of eternal life together with him and everyone that believes his word. For us death isn’t the last; because of him death can’t hold us any more than it could him!