The Savior was frequently speaking in a way that said more than one thing. More than one thing to me; More than one thing to each and every generation; His words sometimes were meant for us, for our moms and dads or mothers and fathers, for their great great great grandparents, and for the people who were there in the days of His life on earth.
We are clued into this the day He spoke in the temple. The chief priests asked “By what authority do You do this?” (Matthew 21)
He answered, “destroy This Temple and I will build It again in three days.” He was speaking to them of His body, The Temple of God. They thought He was talking about the temple they were all standing in because they were not listening. He was talking about His resurrection, where He would be risen again after being destroyed.
The Bible tells us that The Savior meant something deeper. In the next example, The Savior’s meaning is not there for us to read, but to meditate on and figure out on our own. There are at least two things we may learn from Lazarus being brought from death to life.
Lazarus was dead for four days before The Savior came to raise him. The Savior’s words, most people do not recognize, command demons and angels as well as people. When we are born, we are “bound” by sin. Satan has gotten all of us tied up in selfish and godless desire somewhere from conception to entering the matrix of the world. Pay attention: this is what was said when The Savior raised Lazarus, whom He wept for.
“Lazarus, come out.”
Lazarus woke up, covered in burial clothes, and came out.
Maybe Lazarus had given his life to God already and, being saved it was not necessary for Lazarus to have to move backwards in his relationship with God. We know that when we are friends of righteous people, sometimes we suffer for their sake. If Lazarus had given his life to God, then he was willing to suffer for the sake of God’s mission. Being taken from rest and back to earth would have been suffering for sure.
It says that The Savior groaned within Himself and that He cried during this episode. The Savior I am sure was empathizing Mary and Martha. Sometimes we assume we know why something is happening, like The Savior crying. But upon further investigatory prayer we find out that there is more to it than we initially see. The more we glean, the more we learn who Our Savior truly is. This kind of truth drives home what it says in 1 Corinthians 2 and helps us to recognize that The Savior suffered for us in many ways, even when surrounded by friends. “But He who is spiritual judges all things, yet He Himself is rightly judged by no one.”