Have you ever asked yourself what three particular people felt during Christ’s death? What did Lazarus say? How did the widow of Nain’s son take the news? Finally, how did Jairus’ daughter react? These three people had experienced something none of those around them had. Let’s imagine for a moment what might have happened.
They knew by experience that Jesus had power over death. All three had crossed the vail of this life for the other. What went through their minds? When his sisters were crying, what did Lazarus answer? Perhaps Martha may have said, “I haven’t cried like this since …”, and they both looked at their brother. Maybe they said, “I don’t understand it, but I know he (Lazarus) lives.”
The widow may have been sitting in a chair when she got the news. If her son was also a carpenter, maybe he had even built it. No doubt she was beside herself and bewildered, but then her son walked through the door. The messengers may have left them to their grief, and one said to the other. “I don’t understand it, I can’t explain it, but I know he (her son) lives.”
I imagine Jairus and his wife stared at their daughter as she went about that afternoon. She may have already been interested in a boy, after all she was a teenager in a culture where they married early. Can you imagine, when they got the news, how confused they must have been? All they knew was that they would have a wedding one day because she lives.
Of the three, I’m confident that while he probably didn’t understand, Lazarus held to his faith. In the midst of the bewilderment and confusion he stood faithful. That faith was rewarded three days later when like a fire the news spread through the country. “Yes He was dead, I watched Him die, but He lives! I’ve seen Him, He lives!
It was no accident that in this post, when referring to the three people I said “He lives, He lives, and she lives.” For you see, as the old songs say because He lives, I live! We rejoice that there is a Heaven to gain because The Lord made His body the bridge to safety.
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. That accounts for the first two, but what about the third one?
In a very real sense, while The Lord walked out of that tomb alone, prophetically He walked out with His Church. The Bride Of Christ became a reality because she was taken from the last Adam’s side. He lives, and because He lives, she lives for evermore. There was a march in the mind of God at the tomb, but it wasn’t a funeral march. It was a much more joyous song, “Here comes the bride.”
Sunday is Easter, and there is a blood moon this weekend. I don’t know how many Easters we have left before the wedding, but I want to encourage you today. If you know Him, take heart and get ready for the ceremony. If you don’t know Him, or if you haven’t spent time with Him in a while, He has extended you an invitation. Meet Him at the cross, and join Him at the wedding!