What does this reveal about Jesus?
Jesus can raise the dead to life.
Notes & Applications:
The one that came from the house reckoned Jesus only a teacher and not a healer. Many accept some aspects of Jesus while denying other aspects. Many reckon him a good teacher - even Islam regards him as a prophet. But many reject him as Lord and Savior.
"laughed at him" is more literally to laugh him to scorn, or mock him. Notice the flow of people's reaction to Jesus. It starts with expectation then mockery followed by astonishment. This is also the flow of history. The Jews had certain expectations of the Messiah, then mocked him, but in the end they will be astonished.
A Christian's attitude towards death:
It is interesting that Jesus wept when he went to raise Lazarus. But not here. He didn't seem to empathize with the crowd here for they mocked him and were completely without hope. In view that he himself wept went Lazarus died I think that "Stop wailing" should be interepreted in the sense Paul writes to the Thessalonians: "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope." 1Th 4:13 Hopeless grieving for Christians who have died is inappropriate. One should not think of them as dead so much as simply asleep. The grief is that their presence is gone for a time, as they bide their time in paradise awaiting the resurrection. I've fancied having my own tombstone inscribe with the phrase "I'll be back!", which would make for a rather interesting reaction among those strolling through the cemetery late at night. But this is the Christian's perspective. Everyone live forever - it's just a matter of where!
Death and life from God's perspective has to do with whether one has the Son. "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." 1John 5:12 Therefore let's not take the physical aspect of death too seriously. For "the man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." Joh 12:25