Then said Jesus to them plainly, Lazarus is dead.…
When engineers would bridge a stream, they often carry over at first but a single cord; with that, next they stretch a wire across; then strand is added to strand, until a foundation is laid for planks; and now the bold engineer finds safe footway, and walks from side to side. So God takes from us some golden-threaded pleasure, and stretches it hence into heaven; then He takes a child, and then a friend: thus He bridges death, and teaches the thoughts of the most timid to find their way hither and thither between the shores.
(H. W. Beecher.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.