Thursday, 2 June 2016

More on John the Evangelist and the resurrected Lazarus

Following on from:

I have seen various views taken as to whether Lazarus was truly resurrected (as is implied, to my mind, by the preceding conversations between Jesus and Martha - see below) or whether he was merely brought-back-to-life (on the basis that Jesus must have been the first to be resurrected).

If Lazarus truly was resurrected rather than merely 'raised' then this would potentially be further indirect evidence that John the Evangelist was Lazarus - if, like me, you regard the disciple John as the most wholly good and holy man ever to have lived.

(Of course this cannot be proved by 'evidence' but I am not the only person to think so.)

If John was indeed Lazarus resurrected, hence a man perfected in body and spirit; then complete goodness and holiness would be exactly what one would expect, as also would be his immortality.

Relevant passage from the Gospel of John:

Chapter 11: 18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: 19 and many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. 21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. 28 And when she had so said, she went her way