When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him;
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Jesus said to her,
Your brother will rise.”
Martha said, “I know he will rise,in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life ; whoever believes in me, even if he dies will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me, will never die.”
He cried out in a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out,
tied hand and foot with burial bands,
and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
So Jesus said to them,
“Untie him and let him go.”
-John 11:17, 20, 23-25,43-44
Jesus continues his march to Jerusalem where he will allow himself to be convicted, scouraged and crucified. Raising Lazarus from the dead is actually the last of Jesus’ miracles before his crucifixion.
In fact, if you read on in John’s Gospel, you will find that by raising Lazarus from the dead, He so enfuriates the Jewish leaders that they begin to plot the death of Jesus.
In this story we have a bit of an allegory for the whole of Jesus’ mission. What does Jesus do? He resurrects a man to life who has been dead for 4 days. What does it cost Him? He sparks the furry of his enemies and they make plans to kill Him. Jesus liberates Lazarus from death and the tomb and in exchange, He boldly approaches his own self-sacrificing death.
We have eternal life because Jesus died for us. He died that we might live free, unafraid, and happy with Him forever.
There are lots of fun Lazarus crafts and games online if you look. The one I thought was coolest requires at least three people and two sheets. One player wraps the other two up in a sheet. Once they are both secured in the sheet, it’s a race to see who can escape first.