John 11:1 KJV
Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
The word certain, in this context, means particular. Lazarus was not just any man, he was the very man that was sick, died and whom Jesus called back to life. But every man is a certain man in some way.
· Every man has his particular experience with family
· Every man has his particular relationships with others
· Every man has his particular stories about life
Every man is a certain man in the eyes of God; so particular is every man that the Bible says the very hairs of our head are all numbered by the Lord.
The word certain can also mean true or sure. The context I think demands the other definition as the primary one. It is, I think, significant however that the account of Lazarus is so fantastic that assurances of its certainty are helpful. This is a true sure and certain account. And the one who called Lazarus out of the grave has promised to do the very same for us.