what was our Lord thinking about when he raised his friend Lazarus from the dead? On the face of it, this seems like a miraculously fantastic gesture both towards the dead man himself ...
Brian -- I am not Njoy, but find this question quite interesting as I have always wondered about that too. If I had been Lazarus, I would not have been too happy about coming back. But I am not Lazarus. He was, and for that miracle he was chosen by God. And when God uses us for a particular "thing", He also provides the grace to do it.
Lazarus now had something to look forward too. (First hand). He also now was a witness to the life everlasting. As promised in the scriptures, the Messiah would come with signs and wonder. What greater sign could there be than to give life again? A show off? No, if Jesus wanted to show off, he would have jumped from the cross. He had the power to, but did not.