9.13 Jesus Raised Lazarus from the Dead

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Aug 13 9.13 Another Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and Martha, was sick. His sister Mary was the one who would pour1 perfume on the Lord and wipe his feet with her hair. The sisters sent Jesus this message, “Lord, the one you love is ill.”

When Jesus heard this, he said, “This illness wont end in death, its for Gods glory, so that by it Gods Son may be glorified. Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters, yet he stayed where he was for two days. Then he told his disciples, “Lets return to Judea.” They asked, “Master, the religious populace there have just tried to stone2 you, and you are returning there?”

Aug 14 Jesus replied, “Arent there twelve hours of daytime? Whoever walks by day wont stumble, because he sees this worlds light.3 Whoever walks in the night stumbles, for he hasnt the light.” Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but Im going to wake him.” The disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, hell recover.” Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought he meant natural sleep.

Jesus explained, “Lazarus is dead, yet Im glad I wasnt there, so that you may believe. Lets go to him.” Thomas, the twin,4 said to fellow disciples, “Lets also go, that we may die with him.” When they arrived, Jesus found that Lazarus had been four days in the tomb.

Aug 15 Bethany was about four miles from Jerusalem and many Jews came to console Martha and Mary for their brothers death. Martha went to meet Jesus while Mary stayed home. Martha said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldnt have died. Now, I know God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus said, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha replied, “Yes, I know he will in the resurrection on the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he dies, will live. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Aug 16 She replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe you are the Christ, Gods Son, who has come into the world.” Then she left and told Mary secretly, “The teacher is here and is calling you.” So Mary quickly went to Jesus outside of the village where Martha had met him. When many Jews consoling Mary saw her go out, they followed, thinking she was going to the tomb to mourn. When Mary saw Jesus, she fell at his feet, saying, Lord, had you been here, my brother wouldnt have died. When Jesus saw Mary and the Jews with her weeping, he groaned in the spirit, was worried and said, “Where is he laid?” “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. “See how he loved him,” the Jews said. Others said, “Couldnt he, who opened the blind  mans eyes, have prevented this death?”

Aug 17 Jesus, again groaning, came to the sealed cave tomb and said, “Remove the stone.” The deceaseds sister Martha protested, “Lord, hell smell badly after four days!” Jesus replied, “Didnt I tell you that if you believe, youll see Gods glory?” They removed the stone. Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me, as you always do. I said this so this crowd around me may believe that you sent me.”

Then he shouted, “Lazarus, come out!5 The dead man came out with hands and feet bandaged and face wrapped. Jesus said, “Unbind him and let him go.”

Aug 18 Many Jews visiting Mary witnessed this and believed in him. But others went to Pharisees to tell them what Jesus did. So, chief priests and Pharisees called a council. They asked, “What are we doing? This man does many miracles, if he continues, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will take our place and nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, said, “You know nothing, it is better if one man dies for the people than that the whole nation perishes.6 He didnt say this on his own, but as high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would die, not only for the nation but also for Gods children scattered abroad to unite them into one body.7

From then on they planned to kill Jesus. So, Jesus no longer walked publicly among the religious populace, but went with the disciples and stayed at Ephraim city near the desert.