Jesus Brings Lazarus Back To Lif
Now a certain man, Lazarus of Bethany, was sick. He was the brother of
Martha and of the Mary who anointed the Master with perfume and wiped
his feet with her hair. Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
So the sisters sent word to him, "Master, he whom you love is sick." But
when Jesus heard it he said, "This sickness is not to end in death, but
it is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it."
So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two days.
After that he said to the disciples, "Let us go again into Judea. Our
friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going to waken him." The
disciples said to him, "Master, if he has fallen asleep he will get
well." Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he
meant taking rest in sleep. So Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus is
dead, and for your sakes I am glad that I was not there, so that you may
learn to believe. But let us go to him."
When Jesus came he found that Lazarus had been in the tomb four days.
Now Bethany was only about two miles from Jerusalem, and many of the
Jews had come to comfort Mary and Martha about their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, while
Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Master, if you had been here
my brother would not have died, but I know that even now God will give
you whatever you ask him." Jesus said to her, "Your brother shall rise
again." Martha said to him, "I know that he shall rise again, at the
resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection
and the life. He who believes in me shall live even though he die; and
whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
She said to him, "Yes, Master, I do believe that you are the Christ, the
Son of God who was to come into the world."
When Martha had said this she went away to call Mary, her sister,
telling her secretly, "The Master is here and is calling you." When Mary
heard this she rose quickly and went to him. Jesus had not yet come into
the village but was still in the place where Martha met him. When the
Jews who were trying to comfort Mary in the house saw her rise up
quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to
weep at the tomb. But when Mary reached the place where Jesus was and
saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, "Master, if you had been
here, my brother would not have died."
When Jesus saw her and the Jews who came with her weeping, he was deeply
moved, and said in great distress, "Where have you laid him?" They said
to him, "Master, come and see." Jesus wept. The Jews therefore said,
"See how he loved him!" Some of them said, "Could not this man who gave
sight to the blind have also kept Lazarus from dying?"
Jesus was again deeply moved, as he came to the tomb. It was a cave, and
a stone lay against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the
dead man's sister, said to him, "Master, by this time his body has begun
to decay, for he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not
tell you that if you only would believe you should see the glory of
God?" So they removed the stone, and Jesus lifted up his eyes and said,
"Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. I knew that thou always
dost listen to me, but I spoke for the sake of the people standing near,
that they may believe that thou hast sent me." When he had said this, he
cried in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth." Then he who was dead came
forth with his hands and feet wrapped in bandages and his face bound
with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Untie him and let him go."
Then many of the Jews who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus
did, believed in him.
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