The Raising of Lazarus

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  • The Raising of Lazarus
    • Jesus said "This sickness will not end in death."
    • Lazarus was the brother of Martha and Mary - he had been dead for 4 days before Jesus arrived.
    • Martha had sufficient faith "But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask." ~ Future Eschatology // believes he can help Lazarus in his next life.
    • Jesus says "I am the resurrection and the life" and Martha realises that he can help now - Realised Eschatology // she has complete faith in him and knows he is the Son of God.
    • Mary did not have such faith but Jesus tells her "Did I not tell you that if you believed,you would see the Glory of God?"
    • "Lazarus, come forth!" - Life Quickening Words ~ Lazarus hears Jesus' words and acts upon, he has complete faith and is now physically and spiritually reborn.
    • Jesus has performed the symbolism for eternal life by giving it physically as well as spiritually.
    • Lazarus dies = Old Israel - Judaism // Lazarus reborn = New Israel - Christianity
    • G.Reid: "Lazarus dies as a member of old Israel, but was raised through belief in Christ."


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