The Death of Lazarus
1There was a man named Lazarus who was sick. He lived in the town of Bethany, where Mary and her sister Martha lived. 2Mary is the woman who later put perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. Mary’s brother was Lazarus, the man who was now sick. 3So Mary and Martha sent someone to tell Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
4When Jesus heard this he said, “This sickness will not end in death. It is for the glory of God. This has happened to bring glory to the Son of God.” 5Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6But when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days. 7Then Jesus said to his followers, “Let us go back to Judea.”
8The followers said, “But Teacher, the Jews there tried to kill you with stones. That was only a short time ago. Now you want to go back there?”
9Jesus answered, “Are there not 12 hours in the day? If anyone walks in the daylight, he will not stumble because he can see by this world’s light. 10But if anyone walks at night he stumbles because there is no light to help him see.”
11After Jesus said this, he added, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. But I am going there to wake him.”
12The followers said, “But Lord, if he can sleep, he will get well.”
13Jesus meant that Lazarus was dead. But Jesus’ followers thought that he meant Lazarus was really sleeping. 14So then Jesus said plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there so that you may believe. But let us go to him now.”
16Then Thomas (the one called Didymus) said to the other followers, “Let us go, too. We will die with him.”
Jesus in Bethany
17Jesus arrived in Bethany. There he learned that Lazarus had already been dead and in the tomb for four days. 18Bethany was about two miles from Jerusalem. 19Many Jews had come there to comfort Martha and Mary about their brother.
20Martha heard that Jesus was coming, and she went out to meet him. But Mary stayed at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you anything you ask.”
23Jesus said, “Your brother will rise and live again.”
24Martha answered, “I know that he will rise and live again in the resurrection# Being raised from death to live again. on the last day.”
25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will have life even if he dies. 26And he who lives and believes in me will never die. Martha, do you believe this?”
27Martha answered, “Yes, Lord. I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God. You are the One who was coming to the world.”
28After Martha said this, she went back to her sister Mary. She talked to Mary alone. Martha said, “The Teacher is here and he is asking for you.” 29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to Jesus. 30Jesus had not yet come into the town. He was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31The Jews were with Mary in the house, comforting her. They saw Mary stand and leave quickly. They followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb to cry there. 32But Mary went to the place where Jesus was. When she saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33Jesus saw that Mary was crying and that the Jews who came with her were crying, too. Jesus felt very sad in his heart and was deeply troubled. 34He asked, “Where did you bury him?”
“Come and see, Lord,” they said.
36So the Jews said, “See how much he loved him.”
37But some of them said, “If Jesus healed the eyes of the blind man, why didn’t he keep Lazarus from dying?”
Jesus Raises Lazarus
38Again Jesus felt very sad in his heart. He came to the tomb. The tomb was a cave with a large stone covering the entrance. 39Jesus said, “Move the stone away.”
Martha said, “But, Lord, it has been four days since he died. There will be a bad smell.” Martha was the sister of the dead man.
40Then Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
41So they moved the stone away from the entrance. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you heard me. 42I know that you always hear me. But I said these things because of the people here around me. I want them to believe that you sent me.” 43After Jesus said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with pieces of cloth, and he had a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take the cloth off of him and let him go.”
The Leaders Plan to Kill Jesus
45There were many Jews who had come to visit Mary. They saw what Jesus did. And many of them believed in him. 46But some of them went to the Pharisees. They told the Pharisees what Jesus had done. 47Then the leading priests and Pharisees called a meeting of the Jewish council. They asked, “What should we do? This man is doing many miracles. 48If we let him continue doing these things, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take away our Temple and our nation.”
49One of the men there was Caiaphas. He was the high priest that year. Caiaphas said, “You people know nothing! 50It is better for one man to die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed. But you don’t realize this.”
51Caiaphas did not think of this himself. He was high priest that year. So he was really prophesying that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation 52and for God’s scattered children. This would bring them all together and make them one.
53That day they started planning to kill Jesus. 54So Jesus no longer traveled openly among the Jews. He left there and went to a place near the desert. He went to a town called Ephraim and stayed there with his followers.
55It was almost time for the Jewish Passover Feast. Many from the country went up to Jerusalem before the Passover. They went to do the special things to make themselves pure. 56The people looked for Jesus. They stood in the Temple and were asking each other, “Is he coming to the Feast? What do you think?” 57But the leading priests and the Pharisees had given orders about Jesus. They said that if anyone knew where Jesus was, he must tell them. Then they could arrest Jesus.