Lazarus Raised to Life
John xi: 1 to 55.
Jesus was at Bethabara beyond Jordan, and ready to
begin preaching in the land of Perea, he was
suddenly called back to the village of Bethany, on
the Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem. Martha, and
Mary, and Lazarus, the friends of Jesus, were living
in this place.
The word came to Jesus that Lazarus was very ill.
But Jesus did not hurry away from Bethabara to go to
Bethany. He stayed two days, and then he said to his
disciples, "Let us go again to Judea, near
The disciples said to Jesus, "Master, when we were
in Judea last the people tried to stone you and to
kill you; and now would you go there again?"
Jesus said, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep;
but I go that I may awake him out of his sleep." The
disciples said, "Master, if he has fallen asleep, he
may be well."
For they thought that Jesus was speaking of taking
rest in sleep; but Jesus meant that Lazarus was
dead. Then Jesus said to them, "Lazarus is dead; and
I am glad that I was not there to keep him alive;
for now you will be led to believe in me all the
more fully. But let us now go to him."
Then one of the disciples, named Thomas, said to the
others, "Let us also go, and die with our Master!"
So Jesus left Bethabara with his disciples, and came
to Bethany; and then he found Lazarus had been
buried four days. Many of the Jews had come to
comfort Martha and Mary in the loss of their
brother. They told Martha that Jesus was coming, and
she went to meet him, but Mary sat still in the
house. As soon as Martha saw Jesus, she said to him
very sadly, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother
need not have died. And even now, I know that God
will give you whatever you ask."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother shall rise again."
"I know that he shall rise," said Martha, "when the
last day comes, and all the dead are raised."
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection, the
raising from the dead; and I am the life. Whoever
believes on me, even though he may die, he shall
live; and whoever lives and believes on me shall
never die. Do you believe this?"
She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that thou art
the Christ, the Son of God, the one who comes into
Then Martha went to her home, and said to her sister
Mary, but quietly, so that no other person heard
her, "The Master is here, and he asks for you!"
At once Mary rose up to go to Jesus. Her friends
thought that she was going to her brother's tomb,
and they went with her. Jesus was still at the place
where Martha had met him, near the village. When
Mary came to him, she fell down at his feet, and
said, as her sister had said, "Lord, if you had been
here, my brother need not have died!"
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping
with her, he also was touched, and groaned in his
spirit, and was filled with sorrow. He said, "Where
have you laid him?"
They showed him the place where Lazarus was buried,
a cave, with a stone laid upon the door. Jesus wept
as he stood near it, and the Jews said, "See how he
But some of them said, "If this man could open the
eyes of the blind, why is it that he could not keep
this man whom he loved from dying?"
Jesus, standing before the cave, and still groaning
within, said, "Take away the stone!"
Martha said, "Lord, by this time his body has begun
to decay, for he has been dead four days."
Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you
would believe, you should see the glory of God?"
They took away the stone, as Jesus had commanded.
Then Jesus lifted his eyes toward heaven, and said:
"Father, I thank thee that thou didst hear me. I
know that thou dost hear me always; but because of
those who are standing here I spoke, so that they
may believe that thou hast sent me."
Then, with a loud voice, Jesus called out, "Lazarus,
And the man who had been four days dead came out of
the tomb. His body, and hands, and feet were wrapped
round and round with grave bands, and over his face
was bound a napkin.
Jesus said to those standing near, "Loose him, and
let him go!"
When they saw the wonderful power of Jesus in
raising Lazarus to life many of the people believed
in Jesus. But others went away and told the
Pharisees and rulers what Jesus had done. They
called a meeting of all the rulers, the great
council of the Jews, and they said, "What shall we
do, for this man is doing many works of wonder? If
we let him alone everybody will believe on him, and
will try to make him the king; and then the Romans
will make war upon us and destroy our nation and our
But the high-priest Caiphas said, "It is better for
us that one man should die for the people than that
our whole nation should be destroyed. Let us put
this man to death."
And to this they agreed, and from that day all the
rulers found plans to have Jesus slain. But Jesus
knew their purpose, for he knew all things. His time
to die had not yet come, and he went away with his
disciples to a city near the wilderness and not far
from Bethabara, where he had been before. And from
this place he went forth to preach in the land of
Perea, into which he had sent the seventy disciples.