Jesus … Who Does He Think He Is?

By Bishop Council Nedd

Jesus in today’s story doesn’t go through any elaborate ritual like the great prophets Elijah and Elisha when they raised children from the dead. He doesn’t even mutter a brief prayer. At Nain, he offhandedly says to the corpse: “Okay, Kid, get up.”

And at the graveyard in Bethany, he basically strolls up to the newly opened tomb and hollers, “Lazarus, come out!”

Both of these events must have stunned the onlookers, and not just because of what he had done, but because of the way in which he did it. Raising people from the dead was one of the signs by which the Jews of the First Century expected to identify the Messiah. However, he didn’t perform the miracles in the way they expected the Messiah to perform them.

His approach left everyone asking… Who Does He Think He Is?



Jesus Groaned in His Spirit

. . . Instead of immediately raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus spends a long time in fruitless debate with the young man’s sisters, Mary and Martha, trying to persuade them not to press for Lazarus to be  raised from the dead. “I am the resurrection and the life,” he tells Martha, “He that believeth on me, though he were dead yet shall he live. And he that liveth and believeth on me shall never die. Believest thus this? St. John then tells us that Jesus “groans in his spirit” and is “deeply moved.”