And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.…
I. Take it as A PICTURE OF CHRIST. Here we note the following aspects of the Saviour —
1. The interceding One (vers. 21, 22).
2. The prophetic One (vers. 23, 24): promising to us the same resurrection that He promised to the friends of Lazarus.
3. The living One (vers. 25, 26): who has life in Himself, not as an endowment, but as an element of His Being.
4. The anointed One (ver. 27): the word "Christ" meaning "anointed," and pointing to the mission of Jesus to the world,
2. The sympathizing One (vers. 28-38): who is afflicted in all our affliction.
6. The commanding One (vers. 39-41); whose commands are to be obeyed, even when they seem strange and contrary to nature.
7. The quickening One (vers. 42-44): who gives life to the dead.
II. Take it as A PARABLE OF SALVATION.
1. Lazarus is the type of a world dead in sin.
2. There is but One who can impart spiritual life, the One who is "the Life."
3. When Christ comes to give life He enters into fellowship with our sufferings.
4. Though we cannot give life we can help to give it by rolling away the stone and bringing those spiritually dead into relation with Christ.
5. When Christ calls the soul must obey, and come forth from the death of sin to the life of righteousness.
III. Take it as A PROPHECY OF THE RESURRECTION.
1. Death is universal.
2. Death is corrupting.
3. No human power can call the dead from their graves.
4. Christ can summon the dead, and His voice will reach them in their abode.
5. There will come a day when the picture of Lazarus rising from his tomb will be repeated in a general resurrection.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.