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211 Chapter_18 - 18 ARejoice with me; For I have found the...

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18 A Rejoice with me; For I have found the . . . lost @ The following is Bruce R. McConkie = s commentary of the parallel passages covered in the above chapter of the student manual. Reading the entire selection constitutes 40 pages. Jesus Raiseth Lazarus From Death p.530 At least twice before Jesus had raised the dead, but neither time under such dramatic circumstances or with such a display of divine power as was evidenced in the case of Lazarus. The daughter of Jairus had been called back to mortality in a matter of hours and before her body had been prepared for burial (Luke 8:41-42, 49-56), and the widow's son in Nain had lived and breathed again after most of the burial preparations were complete and while the corpse was being carried to the grave. (Luke 7:11-17.) In neither of these instances had Jesus courted any especial publicity, and in the case of Jairus' daughter he had even enjoined secrecy on the part of those who witnessed the miracle. p.530 But with "our friend Lazarus" it was different. Jesus with full knowledge of Lazarus' sickness, did nothing to prevent his death; allowed his body to be prepared for burial; waited until the funeral was over and the entombment accomplished; permitted four days to pass so that the processes of decomposition would be well under way; tested the faith of Mary and Martha to the utmost; came to the rock-barred tomb under circumstances which attracted many sceptics and unbelievers; conducted himself in every respect as though he were courting publicity; and then -- using the prerogative of Deity to give life or death according to his own will -- commanded: "Lazarus, come forth." p.530 - p.531 Why this studied buildup, this centering of attention upon one of the mightiest miracles of his ministry? Two reasons in particular stand out. (1) As our Lord neared the climax of his mortal ministry, he was again bearing testimony, in a way that could not be refuted, of his Messiahship, of his divine Sonship, of the fact that he was in very deed the literal Son of God; and (2) He was setting the stage, so as to dramatize for all time, one of his greatest teachings: That he was the resurrection and the life, that immortality and eternal life came by him, and that those who believed and obeyed his words should never die spiritually. p.531 John 11:2. See Matt. 26:6-13. p.531 4. That the Son of God might be glorified] Again Jesus bears blunt record of his divine Sonship. `Lazarus shall die, but only for a short time. Then at my command he shall return to mortality to stand as a witness to all generations that I am the Son of God and have power over life and death.' p.531 6. Jesus and his intimate disciples were in Perea, at least twenty-five miles from Bethany. During the two days, before starting for Bethany, it appears that the Master performed a sabbath
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211 Chapter_18 - 18 ARejoice with me; For I have found the...

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