(128) Jesus Raises Lazarus Back to Life
Now a certain man was sick. It was Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was this Mary who anointed the Lord with the fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) So his sisters sent word to Jesus, saying, “Lord, the one you love is sick!”
When Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. Then after this He said to His disciples, “Let’s go to Judea again.”
“Master,” His disciples said, “the Jews have just tried to stone you, and you are going there again?”
Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because there is no light in him.”
After He said these things, He told them, “Our friend Lazarus is asleep; but I’m going that I may awaken him out of his sleep.”
Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he’s sleeping, he will get well.”
Now Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about a restful sleep. So Jesus plainly told them, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”
Then Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”
When Jesus arrived, He found that Lazarus had already been in the grave four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him; but Mary stayed in the house, sitting by. Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give it to you.”
“Your brother,” Jesus told her, “will rise again.”
Martha replied, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord,” she answered, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”
And when she had said this, she went her way and secretly called her sister Mary, saying, “The Master has come and is calling for you.”
As soon as she heard this, she arose quickly and went to Him.
Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was still in the place where Martha met Him. So when the Jews, who were with Mary in the house trying to comfort her, saw how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, saying, “She is going to the grave to weep there.”
Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
So when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?”
“Come and see, Lord,” they answered.
Seeing this, the Jews said, “See how He loved Him!”
But some of them said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind, have also kept this man from dying?”
Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the grave. It was a cave, with a stone laying against it.
“Take away the stone,” Jesus said.
But Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Jesus, “Lord, by this time he will smell, for he has been dead four days.”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I know that you always hear me, but I said this because of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
When He had said this, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”
And he who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth.
“Untie him,” Jesus told them, “and let him go.”
(128) Jesus Raises Lazarus Back to Life
John 11:1-44, KJV
Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 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. 5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. 7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. 8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? 9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. 11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. 13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. 14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 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. 16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. 17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. 18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: 19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. 21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 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: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. 28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. 30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. 31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. 32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, 34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? 38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41 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. 42 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. 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
(1) About two miles.
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