One day Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, was very sick. The sisters searched for Jesus and when they found Him they said, “The one you love is ill.”
Jesus said to her, “It will not end in death, but this is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorifies through it.” Then, Jesus stayed in the town he was in for a few days. Finally, He said, “Let us go back to Judea.”
Jesus’ friends were worried about this because just a few days before, the people in Judea tried to stone Jesus for His teachings. However, Jesus insisted on going to help Lazarus. “Lazarus has died. And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him.” So he and the disciples started for the town of Bethany.
When Jesus arrived, Lazarus had been buried for four days. Martha went to meet Jesus on the road to tell Him Lazarus had died. When she found Him, she said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”
Jesus looked at her and said, “Your brother will rise.”
“Yes,” Martha agreed, “on the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I believe you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” Then she sent word to Mary, her sister, that Jesus was coming.
Mary ran to meet Jesus on the road and said to Him, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Jesus said, “Where have you laid him?”
Mary took Jesus and to Lazarus’ tomb where there were other Jews as well. Jesus wept for Lazarus. When the Jews saw this they asked, “Could not the one who healed the blind man have done something to save Lazarus?”
Jesus, disturbed by the statement, approached the tomb, which was a cave with a stone rolled in front of it. “Remove the stone,” He said.
“But,” Martha objected, “He has been dead for four days. There will be a terrible smell if we open the tomb.”
Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”
With that, they removed the stone. Jesus lifted His eyes to Heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” He paused. Then in a loud voice Jesus called, “Lazarus! Come out!”
Then, Lazarus walked out of the tomb, his hands and feet still tied.
Jesus instructed the people to untie Lazarus and let him go.