|Rev. George Sinclair|
Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, Ottawa, ON.
Paul writes to a church in Greece to remind them what the good news is that changed their lives. He wants to assure them that Jesus really did die. Jesus really did rise from the dead on the third day. Paul provides a partial list of eyewitnesses. He is saying to his readers that they can track these people down and ask them questions.
There is no comparison between the death of Lazarus (John 11:1-44) and the miracle of his resuscitation four days later. Lazarus, in fact, was resuscitated from death, by Jesus, and went on living until his natural death, like every other person.
When Jesus appeared before multiple witnesses, as described in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, it was entirely different from the situation with Lazarus.