There had been no announcement. No one had come with a message. Jesus told his disciples, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there that you may believe” (John 11:14-15a).
Can you imagine the look of shock and surprise on the faces of the disciples?
Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead so that his followers and others might believe he is the son of God. But they hadn’t seen anything, yet. Not too many days after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead the Jews finally had the Lord killed as they wanted.
But death could not keep Jesus in the grave. God showed by raising him from the dead that he is Lord and Christ.
Peter told the people on the Day of Pentecost the Jesus they had crucified God raised him from the dead. He said they had all seen Jesus alive (Acts 2:32). The testimony of two or three witnesses was the standard in Israel (Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15). Twelve eyewitnesses all related what they saw. They saw the resurrected Christ.
The truth of the resurrection convinced 3,000 people to obey the gospel by being baptized in water for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). The truth is the same today. It is proof not only of his deity but also of his relationship with the almighty father.
Jesus is the offering for my sin and yours. Let his blood, shed in his death, cleanse your soul of sin. Obey him today.