LAZARUS RAISED TO LIFE
John xi: 1 to 55.
HILE 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. You remember, from Story
132, that 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 Jerusalem."
The disciples said to Jesus, "Master, when we were in
 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
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
She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that thou art
the Christ, the Son of God, the one who comes into the
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
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 loved
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
Jesus said to those standing near, "Loose him, and let
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
LAZARUS COMES TO LIFE AGAIN
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
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, as we
read in the last story.