Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) John 11:1-2
The story of Lazarus is very inspirational, because Jesus displays how God is truly in control including death. To the world it looked like Lazarus life was over, but Jesus has conquered death and he can for you also.
Notice it was Mary who washed Jesus feet with her own hair and used expensive ointment which she was rebuked by Judas. Her love and faith to Jesus activated this miracle. For if we have the faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains.
When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. John 11:4
Jesus already declared he was going to resurrect Lazarus days before he even made it back to Judae. Everyone still though Lazarus was just sick and sleeping, because communication was slow back then. But Jesus already knew Lazarus had passed away but by the Power of God he will raise him again.
Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. John 11:17
By the time Jesus and his disciples got to Judea, Lazarus was dead four days already. Mary was obviously upset with Jesus, she thought he left him to die. But she didn’t lose her faith as she still believe in the Power of God
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.John 11:25-27
Martha proved her faith to Jesus by knowing Jesus is the Messiah and she believes he can resurrect Lazarus. How many of us today have this faith? How many of us truly believe Jesus can heal us even resurrect us if its Gods will?
When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. John 11:33-35
Also what makes this one of the most powerful stories in the Bible, Jesus wept over the death of Lazarus. It shows us how much Jesus cares and loves us.
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. John 11:41-43
Jesus gave the Glory to God and then commanded Lazarus who was dead for four days to come to life. Notice because they have faith in Jesus he asked God to deliver Lazarus.
Jesus is the resurrection and the way. Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding. He will deliver you just like Lazarus in Jesus Name Amen