Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary
and her sister Martha.
(It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his
feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou
lovest is sick.||
(11:3) "Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick."|
Strange Flesh: Lazarus, whom Jesus loved
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.||
(11:4) "Jesus ... said, This sickness is not unto death,
but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby." Lararus must suffer and die (or pretend to die)
so that Jesus can "be glorified" by raising him from the dead.
Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in
the same place where he was.
Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.||
His disciples say unto
him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou
(11:8) "His disciples say unto him, Master,
the Jews of late sought to stone thee."
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.
But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in
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.||
Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.||
Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of
taking of rest in sleep.||
Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.||
And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may
believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.||
Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let
us also go, that we may die with him.||
Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days
Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:||
And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning
Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him:
but Mary sat still in the house.||
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had
But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give
Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.||
Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection
at the last day.||
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that
believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:||
And whosoever liveth
and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?||
(11:26) "Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."|
Must everyone die?
She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son
of God, which should come into the world.
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.
As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.||
Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where
Martha met him.||
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.||
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
When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came
with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.||
And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.||
Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!||
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?||
(11:39) "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."
(11:41-42) Jesus prays in public (contrary to his own rule in Matthew 6:5-6)
just to show off in front of others, "that they may believe."
Should Christians pray in public?
(11:41) "And Jesus ... said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me."
(11:42) "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."
(11:43) "He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth." (11:44) "And he that was dead came forth."
Was Jesus the first to rise from the dead?
Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a
cave, and a stone lay upon it.
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.
Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest
believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
|11:41 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
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.
And when he thus had
spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
|11:44 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.
Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which
Jesus did, believed on him.
But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what
things Jesus had done.||
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said,
What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.||
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans
shall come and take away both our place and nation.||
And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year,
said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,||
Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the
people, and that the whole nation perish not.||
And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he
prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;||
And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in
one the children of God that were scattered abroad.||
Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to
Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto
a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there
continued with his disciples.||
The Last Supper
And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country
up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in
the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?||
Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment,
that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take
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