The Pharisees, rabbi, scribes, Sadducees, and Temple leaders constantly asked Jesus for signs. Prove to us you are the Messiah. They were like Pharaoh with the ten plagues. Anyone can do that trick. Unlike Pharaoh, even death left them unconvinced.
Earlier in John 5:21, Jesus explains his power over death. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.
Mark and Luke tell of Jairus taking Jesus to heal his sick child who dies before they arrive. Jesus brings her to life. (Mark 5:41; Luke 8:54) In Luke 7:14, Jesus heals a dead man being carried past him to the grave.
Luke 20:37-38 adds this about death. But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.
Finally, in Matthew 23:27: Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
Ezekiel gives us a picture of men’s bones lying sun-bleached and dry in the valley of death. Then he tells us that the Son of Man will put life back in those bones.
This is the sign, a sign the leaders knew about.
Yet, when Jesus called Lazarus from the grave, the leaders plotted to kill Jesus instead of worshiping him. They forgot the words of the Psalm. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.
The Son of Man is here, now. He visits with those who allow Him into their lives. He leaves us filled with the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Life. Without the Spirit, there is only death. Life without the Son of Man is life in a matrix that is nothing but a simulation of life; it is not reality.
We can only place our hope in the words Jesus gave to Martha before he brought her brother from the grave. I am the resurrection and the lift.
Be righteous and do good.