“Australian doctors have saved the life of a woman who was clinically dead for 42 minutes. The miracle patient was rushed to the hospital after a major heart attack, but was declared clinically dead soon after arrival. With the aid of a hi-tech machine that kept blood flowing to her brain, doctors at Melbourne's MonashHeart managed to unblock vital arteries and return her heart to a normal rhythm. The hospital today described her survival as "astonishing". Doctors say Vanessa Tanasio, 41, a mother of two from the suburb of Narre Warren, needed numerous defibrillator shocks, including one in the ambulance on her way to hospital. In a telephone interview from the hospital, she said she was eager to get home. "I'm feeling excellent. For someone who has been dead for nearly an hour of this week I am feeling tremendously well." Emergency medics used a device called LUCAS 2 to keep her blood flowing last Monday while cardiologist Dr Wally Ahmar worked to unblock the arteries to her heart” (foxnews.com, 8-20-13).
Modern technology truly is incredible. But medical scientists still have a ways to go to match the Great Physician. Reviving a person who was clinically dead after 42 minutes is impressive but how about accomplishing the same thing after four days? You can read about it in John 11. Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha and friend of Jesus, had died. By the time the Lord reaches Bethany, Lazarus has been dead for four days. His body had been prepared for burial and placed in a tomb. The process of decay had already begun. But at the command of Jesus, “...the man who had died came forth” (John 11:44). Lazarus couldn’t walk out because he was still wrapped in the burial cloths, but he was alive and came out anyway!
The grave is no match for the Son of God! It doesn’t matter whether you have been dead for 42 minutes, 4 days, or 400 years. When Jesus says “Come forth!”, the dead live again. That truly is astonishing!
God loves you!