According to popular Jewish belief at the time of Jesus, the soul hovered around the body in the grave for three days after death hoping to re-enter the body. But after the third day, when the soul sees that the color of the face has changed, the soul leaves the body for good. Jesus waited four days before returning to Bethany for good reason, to show the power of God. Upon arrival, Jesus visited first with Mary and Martha, then the other mourners, and then went out to the cave that served as a tomb. Jesus then asked some of the men to take away the stone from the tomb’s entrance, leading a statement by Martha, translated in the King James Version of the Bible as, “Lord, by this time he stinketh.” Memorize that verse for your next Sunday School memorization drill.