John 11:38-39 (KJV)
(38) “Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. (39) Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”
Jesus was disturbed emotionally. Such showing of emotion told of His great love for these three people. Jesus came to the tomb. Tombs were made of limestone. People made caves in the side of a wall of rock. Once the person’s body was placed in the tomb, a stone was placed over the entrance. Jesus told them to move the stone. Such action would result in defilement. Obedience was demanded if Jesus’ miracle was to be revealed. The crowd, having heard Jesus’ words, looked on and listened. Mary was weeping, and Martha objected saying that her brother had been dead four days.
John 11:40-42 (KJV)
(40)”Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? (41) Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. (42) And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.”
If Martha believed His Word concerning Him being the resurrection and the Life, then all would be well. She had to trust Him, and God would be glorified. The sisters’ faith had shown. They gave their permission to move the stone.
Tension mounted. What would Jesus do now that the stone had been removed? Jesus thanked His Father for granting His request. The Father’s will is being manifested in His love and power. Jesus gave a public prayer of thanksgiving. Jesus did not want to be honored as a Wonder-Worker. He wanted them to know He was the Father’s obedient Son. The granting of the Jesus’ prayer would give clear evidence to the people that He had been sent by the Father. (Note Elijah’s prayer in I Kings 18:37.
Jesus spoke three words: Lazarus come out! It should be noted that if Jesus had not called Lazarus’ name, all the dead would have come forth. Immediately, the dead man came out. He was wrapped in strips of linen. Jesus gives a directive to the people. Remove his grave clothes. This enabled Lazarus to move on his own. This was evidence that he was alive.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary makes the following statement concerning this miracle:
“This event is a marvelous picture of God’s Son bringing life to people. He will do this physically at the Rapture for church saints. I Thess. 4:16, and at His return for Old Testament saints Daniel 12:2, and the Tribulation saints (Rev. 20:4, 6).”
Today Jesus speaks and calls the spiritually dead to spiritual life. Many people are dead in trespasses and sins. They have the opportunity to believe and come to life by the power of God. http://ref.ly/Ep2.1-10