I was pretty encouraged. It looks like the graphing method I used in that last post actually worked. 🙂 Lazarus’ story is the longest section of John’s Gospel. The graphic from the last post showed it on the top left as a big brown box. At the very opposite side of the graphic was the smallest block. It’s just two verses: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. ” (John 20:30–31, ESV)
So, the point of writing the Gospel was belief, to help the reader believe in Jesus and have life. That is exactly what Jesus said about the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus said, “Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” ” (John 11:14–15, ESV). Belief is a major point of the story.
All of the miraculous stories told by John in his gospel were written to encourage belief. In the longest story of the book Lazarus being raised from the dead did that too. “Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he [Jesus] did [raising Lazarus], believed in him, ” (John 11:45, ESV)
Give it a read and enjoy: John 11