The Roar Heard Round the World



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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