"One of the great miracles of Jesus’ life is what He didn’t do, and not what He did do. The miracle isn’t that He said, “Lazarus, come forth” (Jn. 11:43). The miracle is that every grave didn’t empty when He spoke the words, “Come forth.” He had to say Lazarus. If He had just said, “Come forth,” all the graves would have opened. Because he is going to say that one day: every grave in the whole earth is going to open when He says, “Come forth.” "
(Mike Bickle, International House of Prayer)
No time to write much of a reflection on this - my mind is too-far stretched by its implications and I'm going to be late for church - but it is a beautifully stunning thought to think of Jesus deliberately restraining his awesome power through his humanity. Jesus could have done anything any way that he wanted to, but he chose humanity's way: he chose weakness, hunger, sickness; he chose the cross. He chose solidarity with the plight of his wayward and beloved creatures in order to woo them back.