The Lazarus Tomb

The Tomb of Lazarus, the same Lazarus who was the brother of Mary and Martha and friend of Jesus, is located in the town of Bethany, on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. I was standing in front of the tomb one day trying to set up a video shot, but it wasn’t looking like I wanted it to. The tomb is nondescript with a plain, black entrance and an ugly orange sign above it that reads, “Lazarus Tomb” in Hebrew, Arabic and English. I was feeling frustrated, trying to figure out how to “bring the shot to life”.

As I was standing there, something completely unexpected occurred. I heard noises and turned, with my camera following my eye, to see what the commotion was. Boys with palm branches were walking in front of a crowd of men who were carrying a wooden coffin. I could see the cloth-wrapped body in the open, wooden box as they passed by.  In that moment it struck me that the problem of man has always been the same – we all die, just as this man had earlier that day and just as Lazarus had almost 2,000 years ago. As these men filing past me mourned their lost family member and friend, so had Lazarus’ family and friends grieved for him. But, their mourning turned to celebration because Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb.  Soon thereafter, would come Jesus’ own death and burial.   But, his Father would call him out of his tomb as well…and those who mourned Him would greatly rejoice!

Praise be to Jesus, the sinless One who conquered death, who calls to all mankind offering Resurrection and Life!!

May you be blessed today, maybe in unexpected ways!


  1. Michelle says:

    Thank you for sharing that. sometimes we need to have a simple reminder of what did take place all those years ago for us. So we can be with our father in heaven.

    God Bless!

  2. David says:

    What a coincidence; a man with this video camera, the tomb of Lazarus, a filled coffin, and mourners. A short, emotional, reminder of death and Life. Thank you.

  3. Tim says:

    Where are the women? Do they follow or are they involved at all? I went looking for that and wasn’t sure I would make it back alive. Thanks for your courage and camera.

  4. Chris says:

    Thank you for sharing, Many times people forget that our resurrection in our faith is in the word and then again many others have no faith and therefore they are lost

  5. DANIEL says:

    I am not going to died, I will just merely change rooms
    John 11:26

    26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
    Because to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD

    2 Cor 5:8
    8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
    Thank you Jesus

  6. Dave says:

    Joel, very powerful video. You come up with many great clips & movies ~ this is anointed. Thanks, brother. God bless your ministry.
    Dave in So. CA

  7. Laurie says:

    Thank you for finding Lazarus Tomb clip. I went to watch and it had vanished. When I notifed you; you found it and brought it back. I love watching your clips and DVD/s ! God Bless!!!

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