I’ve always been intrigued by this whole passage 🙂 … it isn’t in the other gospels, although Jesus does, I think, raise others from the dead elsewhere. I seem to remember reading somewhere that Lazarus was later murdered to get rid of the evidence of Jesus’ works.
Therefore his sisters sent unto him (Jesus), saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
…. this shows the deep relationship between Jesus and Lazarus – he is referred to not by name but as the one that Jesus loves. Some scholars have speculated that perhaps Lazarus was the “beloved disciple” rather than John.
When he (Jesus) had heard therefore that he (Lazarus) was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
… why did Jesus wait, when he cared so much about Lazarus? I get that it is more amazing to raise someone from the dead than to simply heal them, but the idea of Jesus making PR decisions leaves me cold.
Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
… this reminds me of another line in John where Jesus mentions that one must work while there is light. I wonder if he meant that he must do what he can now, before his death?
Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
… Jesus has precognition.
Let us also go, that we may die with him.
… whew! … it’s not easy to be a disciple!