The disciples stood up while Lazarus was getting hung upon the rock with the strips of cloth. Jesus had a big smile on his face and said to James and John, “Go over help Lazarus; unwrap him so he can walk out of there.”
All of a sudden, relieved laughter broke out from the disciples, as they watched James and John.
Mary and Martha had run over and said to James and John, “move it -you two; let the sisters take over.”
Peter had run over to Lazarus with his canteen of water.
Lazarus drank all the water, raised his arms high in the air and sang loudly, “Hallelujah,” in the beloved melody for Sabbath worship at the temple.
At that, all the people stood up and responded to Lazarus. Singing the phrase loudly back to Lazarus; the disciples, the sisters, the Marys and Jesus lifted their arms heavenward.
Lazarus took two steps forward and sang, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (KJV)
Lazarus was often the cantor at the worship service, and he was chanting his part of the weekly service. The people standing all knew the responses to the phrases that Lazarus sang.
Smiling and singing loudly with their heart filled with love for God the Father, the crowd sang the next phrase back to Lazarus, “Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. (NIV)
Lazarus walked up and pointing to Jesus with both of his arms, turned and sang to the crowd,” And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee, “(KJV)
The crowd lifted their arms and sang loudly,” The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer” (KJV).
Lazarus wrapped his arms around Jesus and whispered something in his ear. Jesus smiled.
Scanning the crowd for his sisters, Lazarus turned and seeing them, he yelled, “Martha! Is there anything to eat in the house for me and my friends?”
Martha cupped her hands and yelled back, “We shall roast our best lambs! Everyone, please come back to the house for a celebration, for Jesus had brought Lazarus, my brother back to life!”
At the point, the crowd let out all their emotions; cheered and yelled, raising their arms in the air, dancing in circles, and letting all the tension in their bodies leave.
Singing all together hymns of hallelujahs, the crowd quickly moved back to the house for a feast instead of a wake.
The people seemed to know that Lazarus and Jesus would want some time together before greeting the guests. Still standing outside the tomb was Jesus and Lazarus. Some distance away were the disciples talking among themselves, but yet everyone was watching the two of them out of their eye.
Farther away were small groups of friends of Jesus, friends of Lazarus, friends of the disciples; but everyone was talking, but still watching Jesus and Lazarus. The groups were responding to their reaction of seeing a man dead for four days and brought back to life and complete health. Did you see this? Did you hear that? Could you believe when he sang? Was it James and Jude who rolled away the stone? It was astonishing to everyone who had just witnessed the greatest miracles of their lifetime.