Do you have any thought after reading this passage? This miracle the Lord Jesus performed carried much more weight in its significance than the first one, because no miracle could be more amazing than having a dead person come out from his tomb. The Lord Jesus did such a thing, and it was very meaningful in that age. For God was incarnated, and man only saw his appearance and saw the aspects of his being practical and being small. Even though some people saw and knew some of his characters or outward talents, who could know where the Lord Jesus came from, who he was in substance, and what things he could do? To man, all these were unknown. Too many people wanted to verify this matter and wanted to know the truth of the matter. Could God do a thing to prove his identity? To God, it was a piece of cake, as easy as winking. God could do a thing to prove his identity and substance at any time and in any place, but God did things in a planned and systematic way and never did things randomly. He only sought an appropriate time and opportunity to do a most meaningful thing for man to see so as to prove his authority and his identity. Then could the “resurrection of Lazarus” prove the Lord Jesus’ identity? Let’s read the scriptures: “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth.” When the Lord Jesus did this thing, he only said one word: “Lazarus, come forth.” Then Lazarus came out of the tomb, and this thing was accomplished because of the one word of the Lord’s mouth. During it, the Lord Jesus did not set up an altar or have any other action, but only said one word. Was that a miracle or an order? Or magic? Outwardly, it seemed that it could be called a miracle. Of course, now it can also be called a miracle, but it absolutely cannot be called necromancy, much less sorcery. To put it correctly, this miracle is only a most common and small manifestation of the Creator’s authority. This is God’s authority and God’s power. God has the authority to let a person die, telling that spirit to leave the flesh and return to Hades or return to the place where he should go. When a person will die and where he will go after death, these are determined by God. God can do these things at any time and in any place. He is not restricted by people, matters, things, space, or geography. As long as he wants to do them, he can do. For all things and living beings are under his sovereignty, and all things come into being or perish because of his word and his authority. He can raise a dead person, and this is a thing he can do at any time and in any place. This is the unique authority of the Creator.
The Lord Jesus did such a thing as raising up Lazarus, for the purpose of proving to man, proving to satan, letting man know, and letting satan know that man’s everything, man’s life and death, is decided by God, that although God is incarnated, he is still governing the physical world man can see and also the spiritual realm man cannot see, and that nothing of man is under satan’s control. This is the expression and manifestation of God’s authority and is a way by which God sends to all things the message that he controls mankind’s life and death. “The Lord Jesus raising up Lazarus” was one of the ways in which the Creator spoke to and instructed mankind, a concrete action through which he instructed and supplied mankind with his power and authority, a way in which the Creator used non-language to let mankind see the fact that he governs all things, and a way in which the Creator told mankind with his actual deed that there is salvation in no one else. The instruction given to mankind in such a silent way lasts eternally and can never be obliterated. He has brought a never-fading shock and edification to mankind’s heart. The incident that “the resurrection of Lazarus glorified God” has a far-reaching effect on every follower of God. He has firmly positioned everyone who deeply knows this incident into the realization and vision that “only God controls man’s life and death.” Although God has such authority, and although he has used such a way as “raising up Lazarus” to send the message that he rules over the life and death of mankind, that is not his main work. God never does meaningless things, and everything he does is very valuable and is a classic in the treasures. He will never take “asking a man to come out from his tomb” as the main or only goal or item of his work. God does not do meaningless things. The one case of the resurrection of Lazarus was sufficient to manifest God’s authority and sufficient to prove the Lord Jesus’ identity. So, the Lord Jesus did not perform such a miracle again. God does things by his own principles. In human terms, “God minds his proper duty.” In other words, when God does things, he will not deviate from the purpose of his work. He knew what work he came to do and what he came to accomplish in that stage, and he would do things strictly according to his plan. If a corrupt man has such ability, he will seize every possibility to show it off, letting everyone know his greatness and thus bow their heads to him in submission, so that he will achieve his purpose of controlling and devouring them. This is evil from satan, and it can also be called corruption. God does not have such disposition or such substance. The purpose of his doing things is not to show off but to give man more revelation and guidance. So, people see in the Bible that such a case is rare. Rare does not mean that the Lord Jesus was limited in power or that he could not do so, but that God did not want to do it at all. Because the incident of the Lord Jesus raising up Lazarus had a very practical meaning, and also because the main work of God incarnate was not to perform miracles or to raise up the dead, but to do the redemptive work, therefore the more work the Lord Jesus did was to instruct, supply, and help people, and such a thing as raising up Lazarus was only a small part of the ministry the Lord Jesus performed. It can even more be said that there is no such an element as “showing off” in God’s substance. So he did not perform more miracles not because he deliberately restrained himself, or because he was restricted by the environment, much less because he did not have such ability to do so.
When the Lord Jesus raised up Lazarus, he said nothing except such a word as “Lazarus, come forth.” What does this one word show? It shows that God can accomplish everything by his word, including raising up the dead. In the beginning when God created all things, when God created the world, it was by his words, the words of command, the words with authority, that all things came into being and things were thus accomplished. The one word spoken from the mouth of the Lord Jesus is just like the words spoken from the mouth of God when he created the heavens and the earth and all things, which has God’s own authority and the power of the Creator. All things were established and accomplished because of the words from God’s mouth, and likewise, Lazarus came out of the tomb because of the word from the Lord Jesus’ mouth. This is the authority from God. He is manifested and realized in God’s incarnated flesh. Such authority and power belong to the Creator and also belong to the Son of man in whom the Creator was realized. This is the knowledge God has taught man through the fact of his raising up Lazarus. That’s all for this topic. Go on to read the verses.
from “God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God’s Godself (3)”
in A continuation of The Word Appears in the Flesh