1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
4 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.
5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
9 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.
10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
11 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.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:
19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
28 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.
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
31 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.
32 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 died.
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
37 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?
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
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.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
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 heard me.
42 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.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
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.
45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.
47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
48 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.
49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
54 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.
55 And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
56 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?
57 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 him.
For Chapter 11 I see the doubting of God's power. All because we don't understand his timing. We can have the promise but still question God because his time doesn't correlate with our blue print for our lives. I pray I don't get into a place that I anger God by my unbelief/lack of faith. My son has been diagnosed with autism God has promised that he will be okay. How and when isn't my business but I know he will be and it will all be for the glory of God!
I also like vs 16 when Thomas said let us go and die with Jesus...... was that a lil sarcasm? Or more like he was ready for whatever. I'm not sure but I took it as light sarcasm. The fact that these disciples were imperfect just like me and sometimes may say or think things that just ain't right. God still sees fit that we can serve him and be disciples for his kingdom.
I have a revelation on one response.
V.16 Then Thomas who is called Didymus said
Let us also go that we may die with him .... He was ready, there was unity,seemed like Thomas had a now faith on fire!! he was down with Jesus ..... while he was in his presence ( kind of like eye service ) oddly this is the same Thomas who was called doubting Thomas, he had a fire in him when he was walking with Jesus in the flesh, he was down but during Jesus’ final hour in Matthew 26:56 during Jesus’ arrest it says they all fled ( the disciples.) Thomas couldn’t even believe when the disciples told him they saw Jesus in the upper room, Thomas was so doubtful John 20:25 he had to see the nail marks in his hands!!! When Jesus reappeared a second time he knew Thomas doubted and gave him an opportunity to see and touch him. Lord when we doubt you help our unbelief .
Many are called few are chosen. Leading up to the event of raising Lazarus; we can see how we are chosen. It is an issue of the heart. Many believed in Him, for they could not deny the power they had witnessed. Their hearts were soften and the Glory of God was revealed unto them. Isaiah 29:13...... their hearts are far from me. The Jews who walked away without the revelation were the ones with the hardened hearts. Upon seeing such a miraculous display of power, their minds went not to The revelation of God’s Glory being revealed (yet again) but to the possibility of their cushy lifestyles, titles, and status being in jeopardy.
Those hearts that were filled with selfish, pride were not chosen, but God had already planned to use them for His Glory anyway.
The raising of Lazarus from the dead was one of the Lord's greatest miracle and one that aroused the most response both from His friends and His enemies. Lazarus informed Jesus that there was a need, and they reminded Him of His love for Lazarus. The sisters knew the situation seemed hopeless, yet the sisters knew that Jesus was the Master of every situation. The sisters were definitely working the Word by... WALKING by FAITH and not by SIGHT. Their situation seemed hopeless, yet the sisters knew that Jesus was the Master of every situation. I think of the promise in Psalm 50:15 that says, "And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me".
When the Lord announced that He was returning to Judea His disciples were alarmed, because they knew how dangerous it would be. However, the disciples probably often failed their Lord in Belief and He was constantly seeking to increase their FAITH. A scripture I simply love is when Jesus said: LAZARUS IS DEAD, AND FOR YOUR SAKE I AM GLAD I WAS NOT THERE, SO THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE, BUT LET US GO TO HIM. " JOHN 11:15. This scripture promised that death would not be the ultimate result, for the ultimate result would be for the Glory of God!
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