The Mary's decided to stare death in the face instead of running from it. They did what 11 other men hadn't already (one man short of 12, a painful reminder of what had happened).
There’s more to this life than meets the eye and seeking out pleasure isn’t going to make you feel any less empty inside, and trying to pretend that we can ignore shortcomings in the world around us wont make them go away. It’s Resurrection that gives us hope.
Even after the resurrection, when Jesus could have already ascended to heaven, already laid claim to his rightful throne, he instead chooses to breathe life into someone feeling dead inside.
Jesus says to them, “Unwrap him and release him.” Jesus was talking about his funeral linens but he was talking about so much more all at the same time. He must have said the same thing to Death and Death had no choice but to give up it’s hold on Lazarus.
Yahweh reveals to Ezekiel that the breath of Yahweh can bring life to these dry bones.
This story is a reminder that God brings hope in hopeless situations, that he's the master of breathing life back into what seems dead.
Jesus raising the widow’s only son from the dead wasn’t the biggest miracle he performed that day.