Thank you for that thorough response. I can definitely see your point about raising someone from the dead vs claiming to be the resurrection in essence. There are a few points in the narrative that I see as displaying various attributes of His diety:
John 11:4 " When Jesus heard that , he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby" Jesus’ response in this verse implies that He knew the purpose of Lazarus’s sickness, that it was planned for the purpose of glorifying God through the glory Jesus would get for raising Lazarus from the dead. It seems to display the attribute of omniscience in Jesus, to know the mind of God at least.
John 11:15 “And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.” Jesus tells His disciples two days after receiving word that Lazarus is sick that in fact, Lazarus had died. Christ knew He had died before word had ever come to Him that Lazarus was dead, another sign of omniscience, although some could argue that perhaps it was an educated guess. But again, Jesus quotes a purpose in this verse for the death of Lazarus, a very arrogant statement if it were anyone else but God too. The purpose for this whole ordeal is so that people would believe on Jesus.
John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” Here, Jesus is talking to Martha and correcting her understanding of what He had previously said. He told her that Lazarus would rise again. She answered saying that in the last day, he would resurrect. Jesus then states what He states in this verse. Then He asked her if she believed. Her response: “She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world” (11:27). She claimed that He was deity before He ever performed the miracle, a show of sincere faith.
John 11:41-42 " Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it , that they may believe that thou hast sent me." His prayer here equates Him to God as He calls God “father” and claims that God had sent Him. Now, God has sent several people throughout the Bible to do His work, so perhaps this isn’t as tale-tell a sign of deity as other passages point to. But, it does still contain the language that Jesus used concerning Himself and God the Father throughout the gospels.
A few points that contribute to His humanity:
John 11: 3, 5 “Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick… Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.” Love, while is certainly an attribute of God, I believe, is really meant to be taken as love from a human. Mary and Martha had been hospitable to Jesus and His disciples on several occasions, looking after their needs. This is also the same Mary who anointed Christ’s feet with oil and wiped them with her hair (v. 4). This snapshot of the narrative could imply that Jesus had close friends here on earth.
John 11:33 “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,” Jesus, after witnessing those who were weeping, also felt agitated and a bit of indignation. In my personal opinion, Jesus was weeping for the death of Lazarus. Yes, even though He was (and is) God, He still was capable of feeling emotion. Of course, in the next few verses, we see Christ “weeping” (v. 35).
I just think that it is fascinating that eternal God in human form would experience emotional symptoms of one who has lost a friend when in reality, He had full intention of bringing that friend back to life in this passage for His glory. Perhaps I am stretching these aspects a little too far in this narrative though. Please let me know what you think