Because the resurrection of Lazarus is not recorded in any of the other Gospels, some have argued that it should be rejected as a kind of fictional element that John has included in his account of the Jesus story. But is this a reasonable hypothesis? On this program, the hosts will discuss some of the fascinating similarities between John chapter 11 and a parable that Jesus tells in Luke 16. They’ll also discuss the theological implications of Jesus’ ability to give life to the dead.
Shane Rosenthal: Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Those words are so powerful. Language that echoes back to Deuteronomy 32, “Even I, am he, and there is no god beside me.” “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.’”
Term to Learn
Resurrection is not resuscitation. We are not talking about a body brought back to its former life, a body that needs food, can get sick, can age, and must eventually die again. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he did not resurrect him; he resuscitated him. A resurrected state, however, is a body that is physical yet incorruptible—it cannot die, age, or become ill.
(Taken from Doug Powell’s Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics, p. 268)