LIFE OR DEATH
CONDITIONS FOR A DEATH-DENYING MIRACLE (Continued)
John 11:17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had [lain] in the grave four days already.
According to the Companion Bible margin note for this verse, in that day the rabbis taught that the spirit of a dead person wandered about for three days seeking readmission into the body but abandoned it on the fourth day because corruption had set in. The above passage describes precisely the state of man in Adam at the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry. “But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8).
From Adam to Christ is 4,000 years or four days. Ponder the corruption of mankind after centuries of spiritual death. Everything Jesus did revealed an aspect of Himself as the Lord of heaven. He abode two more days after getting the news of Lazarus because Father’s Word (Jesus) was being fulfilled. The Cross was fast approaching and Jesus was about to perform a miracle that spoke to the very miracle of salvation.