Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 3

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TRACTATE 49

On John II.I-54

A MONG ALL the miracles which our Lord Jesus Christ performed, the resurrection of Lazarus is especially proclaimed. But if we should observe who did it, we ought to be delighted, rather than struck with wonder. He who made the man raised a man; for he is the only one of the Father through whom, as you know, all things were made. 1. If, therefore, all things were made through him, what wonder is it if one person arose through him since so many are born through him every day? It is a greater thing to create persons than to resurrect them. Yet, he deemed it good both to create and to resurrect—to create all, to resurrect some.

(2) For although the Lord Jesus performed many miracles, not all were written, as the same holy John the Evangelist himself attests that the Lord Christ both said and did many things which were not written; but those things were chosen for writing which seemed to meet the need of the salvation of believers. 2. For you heard that the Lord Jesus raised a dead man; this is enough for you, so that you may know that, if he wished, he would raise all the dead. And, indeed, he has kept this for himself until the end of the world. For you heard that, by a great miracle, he raised from his tomb one who was dead for four days; yet, as he himself said, "The hour will come when all who are in their tombs shall hear" his "voice and come forth." 3. He raised up a man already stinking, but nevertheless, in the stinking corpse there was still the shape of the limbs; on the last day, at one word, he will restore ashes into flesh. But it is necessary that he now do some things by which,

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1.
Cf. Jn 1.3.
2.
See Jn 20.30-31.
3.
Jn 5.28-29.

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