We don’t know much about the man Lazarus. What we do know is he was a good friend of Jesus. He got very sick. He died. He was in a tomb for four days. Jesus raised him from the dead. He had dinner with Jesus post-resurrection. His new life caused a religious stir. But about the man himself? We don’t know much.
I would love to know more details than what is in the biblical account. I know and believe the Bible is sufficient. Yes and Amen. But sometimes I would like to know more. Wouldn’t you?
For instance, if I had the chance, I would die (pun intended) to be able to ask Lazarus…
- What did you think when Jesus didn’t rush to heal your sickness immediately?
- Did you ever wonder why he was letting you die?
- What did you do during the four days you were dead?
- Did you get to talk to loved ones who had passed on before you?
- How did you hear Jesus’ voice and obey the command to rise from the dead?
- Did you know what had happened, immediately? Or did it take a few minutes to orient yourself?
- What did your body smell like? Were there many flies?
- Were the grave clothes heavy?
- Were you hungry? What was your first post-death-and-resurrection meal?
- Was it difficult to walk? Did you need to stretch?
- What was the first thing you did after you got dressed in normal clothes?
- How long did it take you to fall asleep that first night back from the dead?
- When Jesus came for dinner, what were you thinking? What did you say to Jesus? What did Jesus say to you?
- Was it confusing to watch your sister prepare for burial the man who resurrected you?
- Did you ever want to go back to where you were pre-resurrection?
- How was your life different? Did you still get stressed over small things?
- Did you laugh at the religious leaders who wanted to kill you (again)? Did you want to tell them to go ahead and try?
- Did you view death different the second time around?
- When people asked you what happened, how did you describe it?
- Did you immediately become famous? Did people want to touch you?
- Did you treat your sisters any different post-resurrection?
- Did you get a job? Why? Did you view your career in a different light? How so?
- What did you tell the disciples about Jesus? What did they ask you? Were they different after they saw you?
- John never records anything about your life. Any words you said. Any of your actions. Is this because he wanted to give us a picture of salvation, that it isn’t dependent on us . . . at all?
- If you could tell me anything about Jesus, what would it be?
What would YOU want to ask Lazarus, given the opportunity?[I got this idea from Max Lucado’s “25 Questions for Mary” from his book God Came Near.]