Jesus was deeply moved by this whole situation. He had waited so that the power of this event would have its full effect. Having arrived at the tomb in the midst of all this doubt, it was now the right time for Jesus to perform this miracle. In doing so, the crowd would not only be a witness, but also a participant (Take away the stone…Unbind him, and let him go). Such involvement would intensify the whole experience for them.
Martha objects, still not realizing what Jesus is about to do. Jesus reminds her of their earlier discussion, and stretches her faith. He prays out loud as a public testimony to the fact that the Father hears the Son, demonstrating His power and glory through Him. I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.
Now comes the command; he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” He raised His voice so that people would know in no uncertain terms that Jesus was the cause of Lazarus rising from the dead. No one had to wonder, it was cause and effect.
The sights, sounds, and sharing of this event would greatly intensify their understanding of God’s sovereignty. Jesus answered all their “If you had only…” thoughts (vs.21, 32, 37). He showed His wisdom over their worries, fears, and suspicions. Jesus used their doubts, second guessing and unbelief as instruments in His hand and turned them into faith.
If you stay involved with Jesus, His work will cause your work to be an instrument of belief.