And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.…
This raising is a parable as well as a prophecy; for even as Christ was the Life of this Lazarus so, in a deeper and more real sense, and not in any shadowy, metaphorical, mystical sense, is Jesus Christ the Life of every spirit that truly lives at all. We are "dead in trespasses and sins." For separation from God is death in all regions, death for the body in its kind, death for the mind, for the soul, for the spirit in their kinds; and only they who receive Christ into their hearts do live. Every Christian man is a miracle. There has been a true coming into the human of the Divine, a true Supernatural work, the infusion into a dead soul of the God-life which is the Christ-life. And you and I may have that life. What is the condition? "They that hear shall live." Do you hear? Do you welcome? Do you take that Christ into your hearts? Is He your Life, my brother?
(A. Maclaren, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.