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Lu. xix. 21. thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest Jericha.
that thou didst not sow.
judge thee, thou wicked servant, Thou knewest that I
reaping that I did not sow :
bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own
with usury ?
And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him
For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath
hath shall be taken away from him.
reign over them, bring them hither, and slay them before
JOHN xi. 17-46.
the grave four days already.
34 The noble truth, the resurrection of the body, is so important to man, that it has been confirmed by the most convincing evidence, and the most undeniable facts. Our Lord gave life to the human body from the grave in all its various stages of corruption and decay. The body of the widow's son was restored within one or two days after his decease: for he was recalled to life as they were carrying bim to the grave. The resurrection of Lazarus was the third instance, and it was attended with some striking peculiarities. The body had lain four days in the grave. In those warm climates, the terrible process of corruption and decay was always rapid. The flesh would have begun to mingle with its kindred elements. The relations and friends of the departed were so sensible of this, that they attempted to dissuade our Lord from going to the sepul. cbre. Although they knew that our Lord had raised one man from the dead, they did not believe it possible that Ho could restore life to him, who for so many days had “said to corruption thou art my father, and to the worm thou art my sister and brother.” Our Lord, however, proceeded to demonstrate his almighty power, and the great truths he had come down to teach, by the resistless evidence of a public and undeniable fact. No sooner were the words uttered, Lazarus come forth,” than he that was dead came forth. Upable to walk, for he was swaddled, and bound both hand and foot in his grave clothes, according to the Jewish custom. He glided forth from the grave, and appeared among the astonished multitude. His body was anchanged. He was again to dwell with his family and friends, the same as he had ever been. Like the daughter of Jairus, and the widow's son, he was again to re
John xi. 18. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen Bethany.
The next great fact which demonstrated the resurrection of
From this miracle the disciples might have received the comfortable assurance that Death and Corruption had no power to resist the voice of their Lord and Master, it ought to have taught them, that though scourged, persecuted, and crucified, he had power to lay down bis life and to take it up again-and the same voice which called the spirit of Lazarus from the invisible world, and bade it reanimate the corrupting body, shall again command the dust to live, and the dead to rise. The Scripture has given us a moral demonstration of the divine power of our Lord, which shall effect this mighty work, whenever the morning of the resurrection shall dawn, all who have been committed to the ground will be included among those whose bodies have entirely decayed, mouldered into dust, or are in various stages of corruption, from the first stiffening of the limbs, to their mingling with their kindred elements. As the earth is covered with the dew of the morning, so says the Scriptures shall it cast forth her dead. The sea shall give up her dead. The elements around us shall restore their borrowed atoms. Over the surface of the whole earth, the dust shall quicken into life ; and man from the opening graves shall ascend into the air, and summoned in his body before the tribunal of the Most High, to be judged every man according to his works.
The other Evangelists have omitted the resurrection of Lazarus, because (it is supposed) he was still alive when they wrote, and would have been rendered, by notice, more liable than otherwise to persecution. The question is discussed by Kuinoel, in loc. who comes to the same conclusion. We have hitherto been fortunate enough in this country to have escaped from the contamination of the German theological speculators on the miracles of Christ, &c. &c. Should any student, how. ever, have become in any degree entangled by them, He will find a most admirable antidote in the writings of Kuinoel.-See particularly on the Resurrection of Lazarus.
The resurrection of Lazarus was the last and most solemn appeal of a miraculous nature which be made to the Jewish nation before
Jahr xi, 19. And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to Bethany.
eomfort them concerning their brother.
coming, went and met him : but Mary sat still in the
here, my brother had not died.
of God, God will give it thee.
Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
in the resurrection at the last day.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life:
die. Believest thou this?
the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the
ed Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come,
and calleth for thee.
Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in
comforted her, when they saw Mary that she rose up
his apprehension. St. Jobn is the only Evangelist who has relat-
John xi. 32. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw Bethany.
him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if
thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the
And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto
opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this
Jesus therefore, again groaning in himself, cometh to
ter of him that was saith unto him, Lord, by this
time he stinketh : for he hath been dead four days.
wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and
said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
of the people which stand by I said it, that they may be
lieve that thou hast sent me.
voice, Lazarus, come forth!
with grave-clothes ; and his face was bound about with a
napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
told them what things Jesus had done.
rection of Lazarus.
JOHN xi. 47, 48. John xi. 47. Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a Jerusales.
council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many
and the Romans shall come, and take away both our
34 There is much difficulty in the reasoning of the Sanhedrim
JOHN xi. 49-52.
Jerusalem. priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing
at all, 50.
Nor consider that it is expedient for us that one man
that year, he prophesied *, That Jesus should die for that
they had acknowledged our Lord to be the Messiah? They
The cause of their apprehension seems to have been the meek
25 Commentators are divided respecting the meaning of these