The Roar Heard Round the World

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The story of Jesus’s raising from the dead of Lazarus of Bethany, as recorded in John 11, is one of the great miracle stories in the New Testament, and a favorite text of Eastertide. The entire story is framed around three surprising, unexpected actions that Jesus took, each of which poses a question about who Jesus was and the kind of God he came to reveal. Jesus waited (11:6): Why the delay? Jesus wailed or raged (11:33): Why the anger? And Jesus wept (11:35): Why the grief? I dealt with the first question in my article “ Waiting For And With Jesus .” Here I want to consider his other two reactions revealed in the miracle of John 11: Jesus’s outburst in verse 33, and his weeping in verse 35.

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