The resurrection of Lazarus is the fullest of three resurrections recorded in the Gospels. It is also the closest parallel, and the more direct foreshadowing, of our Lord’s own resurrection. In this, of course, it is backwards. The Lord’s resurrection gives rise to and defines Lazarus’ resurrection, not the other way around. It is the same with the temple sacrifices. They came first in time, but it is our Lord’s self-sacrifice on the cross that imputes grace to them.
Thy Kingdom Come: Lent and Easter Sermons
David H. Peterson