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Raising Lazarus

Geneva Notes/ Commentary on John 11:1-46

From the Geneva Notes on John 11:1-45

Joh 11:1
11:1 Now {1} a certain [man] was sick, [named] Lazarus, of
Bethany, the {a} town of Mary and her sister Martha.

(1) Christ, in restoring the rotting body of his friend to
life, shows an example both of his mighty power, and also
of his singular good will toward men: and this is also an
image of the resurrection to come.
(a) Where his sisters dwelt.

Joh 11:6
11:6 {2} When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode
two days still in the same place where he was.

(2) In that thing which God sometimes seems to linger in
helping us, he does it both for his glory, and for our
salvation, as the end result of the matter clearly proves.

Joh 11:8
11:8 {3} [His] disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late
sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

(3) This alone is the sure and right way to life, to follow God
boldly without fear, who calls us and shines before us in
the darkness of this world.

Joh 11:9
11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not {c} twelve hours in the day?
If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he
seeth the light of this world.

(c) All things happen in a proper way and are brought to
pass in their due time.

Joh 11:11
11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them,
Our friend Lazarus {d} sleepeth; but I go, that I may
awake him out of sleep.

(d) The Jews used a milder kind of speech and called death
"sleep", and this same manner of speech is found in
other languages, who call the place of burial where
the dead are laid waiting for the resurrection a
"sleeping place".

Joh 11:19
11:19 {4} And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to
comfort them concerning their brother.

(4) God, who is the maker of nature, does not condemn natural
emotions, but shows that they ought to be guided by the
rule of faith.

Joh 11:23
11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall {e} rise again.

(e) That is, will recover life again.

Joh 11:33
11:33 {5} When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews
also weeping which came with her, he {f} groaned in the
spirit, and was troubled,

(5) Christ took upon himself together with our flesh all
affections of man (sin alone excepted), and amongst them
especially mercy and compassion.
(f) These are signs that he was greatly moved, but yet
these signs were without sin: and these affections
belong to man's nature.

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