“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? ... When he had said this, Jesus called out in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’” John 11:25-26; 43-44
I’ve attended and officiated several funerals at this point in my life. Naturally, the story of Lazarus’ resurrection is a regular feature at such moments. It is a powerful foreshadowing of what is going to happen when Jesus returns.
Jesus makes it clear in this story that he is the author of life. death, tombs, stones, and grave clothes are no match for the one who is “the resurrection and the life.” Life is important to him. We are important to him. He desires for the two to come together in a glorious display. His own death and resurrection proclaim that desire most emphatically.