Essay on What Does This Story Say About People?
Martha slightly blames Jesus for her brother’s death. Then she kind of back-tracks and displays a sign of faith, she knows who Jesus is. She calls Him Teacher. Yet, when Jesus told the men to remove the stone from Lazarus’ tomb, she displayed uncertainty.
Mary also slightly blames Jesus for her brother’s death. But she also knows who Jesus is because she fell at His feet when she saw Him.
The Jews that were present made biting comments like, if Jesus could make a blind man see, why couldn’t he keep Lazarus from dying? They were displaying anger, disappointment, and some unbelief.
Most of the Jews, after seeing Lazarus come out of the tomb alive, after being dead for at least four days, believed Jesus said who He said He was.
What does this story say about Jesus?
Again, Jesus states His Mission to Martha. He always tells the people why He is here. Jesus wept. That shows He was fully human and fully God. Jesus had human emotions, He loved Lazarus. Even though He knew He could (would) raise Lazarus from the dead, John 11:33 (NIV) says that Jesus was still “deeply moved in spirit and troubled”. When Martha hesitated to remove the stone from Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus was still patient with her, admonishing her because of her unbelief when she recently told Him she believed. Jesus prayed to His Father, aloud in front of the crowd. He prayed and used that prayer as a teaching point and as a way to bring others to Him. To point…