The Death of Lazarus
11Â Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2Â (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3Â So the sisters sent word to Jesus, â€œLord, the one you love is sick.â€
4Â When he heard this, Jesus said, â€œThis sickness will not end in death. No, it is for Godâ€™s glory so that Godâ€™s Son may be glorified through it.â€ 5Â Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6Â So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7Â and then he said to his disciples, â€œLet us go back to Judea.â€
8Â â€œBut Rabbi,â€ they said, â€œa short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?â€
9Â Jesus answered, â€œAre there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this worldâ€™s light. 10Â It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.â€
11Â After he had said this, he went on to tell them, â€œOur friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.â€
12Â His disciples replied, â€œLord, if he sleeps, he will get better.â€ 13Â Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
14Â So then he told them plainly, â€œLazarus is dead, 15Â and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.â€
16Â Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, â€œLet us also go, that we may die with him.â€
Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus
17Â On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.18Â Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19Â and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20Â When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21Â â€œLord,â€ Martha said to Jesus, â€œif you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22Â But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.â€
23Â Jesus said to her, â€œYour brother will rise again.â€
24Â Martha answered, â€œI know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.â€
25Â Jesus said to her, â€œI am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26Â and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?â€
27Â â€œYes, Lord,â€ she replied, â€œI believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.â€
28Â After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. â€œThe Teacher is here,â€ she said, â€œand is asking for you.â€ 29Â When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.