At the Worst Christ Can Work

He said to them, Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep…And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. -John 11:11,43

Let us notice that the deliverance which Christ wrought by the resurrection of Lazarus, was calculated also to strengthen the faith of the apostles. At the worst Christ can work. Why, what a plight were they now in! Here was a case which had come to the very worst. Lazarus is not merely dead-he has been buried; the stone has been rolled to the mouth of the sepulchre-worse than that, he had become putrid. Here are miracles so many, that I must describe the resurrection of Lazarus not as one miracle, but as a mass of wonders. We will not go into detail, but suffice it to say, we cannot suppose anything to be a more prodigious exhibition of the divine strength, than the restoration of health and life to a body through which the worms did creep and crawl; and yet in the very worst case Christ is not brought to a nonplus. Here was a case where human power evidently could do nothing. Now bring the viol and the harp, and let music try its charms. Bring here, physician, thy most potent draught, now, for the true aqua vitoe! Now see what thou canst do. What! does the elixir fail? The physician turns away disgusted, for the stench may sooner destroy the physician’s life, than he restore the corpse. Now, seek ye round the world and ask all men that are-Herod and his men-at-arms, and Caesar on the imperial throne-“Can you do anything here?” Nay, Death sits with ghastly smile laughing at them all. “I have Lazarus,” says he, “beyond your reach.” Yet Jesus Christ wins the day.~ C.H. Spurgeon


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