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Jesus Raises His Friend Lazarus from the Dead, Part 12

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TEXT: John 11:33-38

Clovis G. Chappell said, "How glorious it is that, when we resist God's purpose and all but wreck ourselves, He will make us again. Truly, we would be a hopeless race but for the fact that we have a mighty God who is able to remake us even when we have rebelled against Him and have thwarted His blessed plans for us."

As Jesus was quietly weeping at the tomb of Lazarus, we are informed that the Jews marveled at His love for His friend. They declared, "Behold how he loved him!" Yet, there were some among the crowd that saw fit to question Jesus' abilities. We cannot hear their tone of voice, and the text does not tell us what they meant by this question, but here is what they said: "Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?"

This question might have been uttered in mockery. Surely, there were some of those Jews present who had opposed Jesus in Jerusalem. They were not there to sincerely mourn, they were there to observe Jesus and report back to the religious establishment in Jerusalem. They would have wanted to use this incident as a way to get people to doubt that Jesus was who He said He was.

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