11:2 This was the Mary who smeared the Master with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill.
11:3 Thus his sisters sent a message to him, saying, “Master, please know that one whom you love has fallen ill.”
11:4 Yet when Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not cause death, but will serve to glorify God, and thereby glorify the Representative of God.”
11:5 And Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
11:6 After hearing of the illness, he remained two more days in the place he was staying.
11:7 Then after that he told his students, “Let’s go into Judea again.”
11:8 His disciples said to him, “Master, the Jewish officials recently sought to stone you, and yet you return there?”
11:9 Jesus replied, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? If one walks during the day, he will not stumble, because he sees with the light of this world.
11:10 But if one walks during the nighttime he will stumble because he has no light.”
11:11 After saying this he continued, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps. I must go so that I may wake him from his sleep.”
11:12 His disciples replied, saying, “Master, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”
11:13 While Jesus was speaking of the death of his body, they thought he spoke of his resting in sleep.
11:14 Thus Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus has passed away.
11:15 And I am glad for the sake of your trust that I wasn’t there – but let’s go to him now.”
11:16 Then Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go as well, so that we may pass away with him.”
11:17 Therefore when Jesus arrived, he found his body had laid in the tomb for four days already.
11:18 Bethany was near to Jerusalem – about two miles away.
11:19 And many Judeans came to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
11:20 Once Martha heard that Jesus had arrived, she went out to met him, while Mary remained in the house.
11:21 Then Martha said to Jesus, “Master, if you had been here, my brother would not have passed away.
11:22 But I know, that even now, whatever you will ask God for, He will give it to you.”
11:23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother shall rise again.”
11:24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the time of death.”
11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection, and the life – he who trusts in me shall live, even if his body dies.
11:26 And one who lives and trusts in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
11:27 She said to him, “Yes Master, I trust that you are Anointed by God [Messiah, Christ] and the Representative of God, who appears in the material world.
11:28 After saying this, she left and privately called on her sister Mary, saying, “The Teacher has arrived, and has called you.”
11:29 As soon as she heard, she rose quickly and approached him.
11:30 At that time Jesus had yet to enter the village, but remained where Martha had met him.
11:31 The Judeans who were with her in the house consoling her followed Mary after she rose quickly and left. They said, “She must be going to the tomb to weep.”
11:32 Then as Mary arrived at where Jesus was and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying, “Master, if you had been here, my brother would not have passed away.”
11:33 When Jesus saw her thus weeping, and the Judeans who arrived with her were also weeping, he was deeply moved and concerned.
11:34 And he said, “Where have you laid his body? They said to him, “Master, come and see.”
11:35 Jesus wept.
11:36 The Judeans then said, “Just see how he loved him!”
11:37 But some of them said, “Could not this man who opened the eyes of the blind have kept him from passing away?”
11:38 Jesus, again deeply moved within, arrived at the tomb. This was a cave, and a stone laid against it.
11:39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the one who passed away, said unto him, “Master, by this time his body smells foul for it has been four days.”
11:40 Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I say to you that if you trusted, you would see the magnificence of God?”
11:41 So they moved the stone away from the tomb. And Jesus lifted his eyes and said, “LORD, I thank You that You have heard me.
11:42 And I knew that You always hear me; but for the benefit of the people standing by I said it so they that may believe that You have sent me.”
11:43 When he spoke these things, he called out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”
11:44 The man who had passed away came out, bound hand to foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus told them, “Unbind him and let him go.”
11:45 Then many of the Judeans who had come to Mary and saw what he did, believed in him.
11:46 Yet some of them went to the pharisees and told them about the things Jesus did.
11:47 Then the chief priests and pharisees convened a council and said, “What do we do, for this man has performed many miracles.
11:48 If we let him continue like this, everyone will believe in him and the Romans will come and take away our jurisdiction and our people.”
11:49 Then one of them - the high priest that year named Caiaphas – said to them, “You don’t know anything.
11:50 You do realize is that it’s better for you that one man dies for the people so the whole nation doesn’t perish.”
11:51 Now he spoke this not from himself: But as high priest that year he predicted that Jesus would die for the nation.
11:52 And not only for the nation, but in order to bring together the children of God who were scattered abroad.
11:53 Thus from that day forward they plotted to murder him.
11:54 Thus Jesus could no longer walk in public among the Judeans. So he left there for the countryside near the wilderness, into a village named Ephraim. And he stayed there with his disciples.
11:55 Then the Passover festival of the Prophets was soon, and many people left for Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover to purify themselves.
11:56 Thus they sought Jesus, and said amongst themselves as they stood in the temple, “Do you think he will not come to the festival at all?”
11:57 Then the chief priests and the pharisees gave orders that if anyone knew where he was, they were to report it so they might seize him.