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Lazurus Rises
John 11.1-44
(John 11:1-44) Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary
and her sister Martha.  (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and
wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent
unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 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. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had
heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. His disciples say unto
him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? 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. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth,
because there is no light in him. 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. Then said his
disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they
thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly,
Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may
believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto
his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. Then when Jesus came, he
found that he had lain in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was nigh unto
Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: {about...: that is, about two miles} And many of the
Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha,
as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the
house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not
died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he
shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the
resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith
unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come
into the world. 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. As soon as she heard that, she
arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in
that place where Martha met him. 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. 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. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also
weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, {was troubled:
Gr. he troubled himself} And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord,
come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 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? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the
grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 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. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest
believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 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. 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. And when he thus
had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 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.  (KJV)
Lazarus lived in Bethany, and was the brother of Mary (who anointed Jesus and
wiped his feet with her hair) and Martha. When he became ill, his sisters sent word to
Jesus because he was loved by Jesus.  (Mt 26:7; Mr 14:3; Joh 12:3).

Jesus’ reaction was, This … is not unto death, but for the glory of God … Lazarus
died from the sickness, but he did not remain dead. The Son of God was glorified
and displayed His power on this occasion.

Jesus was close to Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Yet, He delayed going to Bethany for
two days.

Then He told the disciples, Let us go into Judea again.

Their reaction was one of surprise. Master, the Jews the last time sought to stone
You; and you are going there again?

Jesus’ answer may not seem to make sense, but listen to what He said – Are there
not 12 hours in the day? (They calculated the daylight into 12 sections). If anyone
walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he can see by the light. But if a man
walk in the night, he stumbles, because there is no light. In other words, as long as
you can see the trouble you can avoid it.

Then Jesus told them, Our friend Lazarus sleeps; and I go, that I may awake him out
of sleep.

The disciple took this to mean that Lazarus was doing better. They thought He was
saying Lazarus was resting, but He was speaking of Lazarus’ death. So, He plainly
stated, Lazarus is dead.

Jesus continues His statement that seems most curious to us, ¬¬¬He was glad that
Lazarus was dead. But, there was a reason – their faith would be strengthened. So
now they go to Lazarus.

Thomas, also called Didymus, told the other disciples, Let us also go, that we may
die with Him.

By the time Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been in the grave for 4 days.

Bethany was about 2 miles from Jerusalem, so many of the Jews from there had
come to comfort Mary and Martha.

When Martha heard Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary remained at
the house.

Her faith was such that she told Jesus if He had been there, Lazarus would not have
died. He could have healed him. And even now, He could not whatever He wished.
God would answer His prayers.

Jesus told her, Your brother shall rise again.

Martha replied, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

The expectation that Martha had was a resurrection of the just and the unjust at the
end of time. Jesus did not rebuke, nor correct her in this expectation. It was what the
Jews, Jesus and the early church understood. It was/is the hope that lies within us
according to His word.

Jesus prepared her for what was to happen. He says, I am the resurrection and the
life: he who believes in me, though he was dead, yet he shall live: and whoever lives
and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?
She answers, Yes, Lord: I believe you are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed
One), the Son of God, who should come into the world.

Having said this, she left Jesus, and secretly told her sister, The Master has come,
and is asking for you. So Mary went to Jesus.

Jesus has not yet gone into the town.

When Mary got up and left in a hurry, the Jews followed her because they thought
she was going to the grave to cry.

Rather than going to the grave, Mary went to Jesus, and prostrating herself at his
feet, said, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.

Mary’s crying, and the crying of the Jews who accompanied her, moved Jesus.

Asking where they placed Lazarus, Jesus wept. He cried. He was moved to tears.

At this, even the Jews declared, Behold how He loved him!

Some thought, if Jesus could open the eyes of the blind, couldn’t He have saved
Lazarus from dying?

As they came to the grave (which was a cave with a stone rolled in front of it), Jesus
again struggled with His emotions.

Then He commanded them to remove the stone.

Martha reacted to this, saying, Lord, he stinks by this time, because he has been
dead four days.

Jesus replied, Did I not tell you, if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?

So, they removed the stone from in front of the cave.

Jesus lifted up His eyes in prayer to the Father. His words were more for those who
were listening than to communicate with God, both He and God already knew it was

Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that you always hear me: but for
the sake of the people who are standing here I said it, that they may believe that You
have sent Me.

Then Jesus cried, Lazarus, come out!

And Lazarus, who was dead, came out, with his hands and feet wrapped in
graveclothes: and his face was wrapped with a napkin.

Jesus told them to unwrap him.

Lessons from the Raising of Lazarus

1.        The miracles were not just to help the people in need. They were to bear
witness to who Jesus was.
(Hebrews 2:1-4)
(John 20:30-31)

2.        Go with Jesus, even if it means danger.
(Mark 8:34-38)

3.        Jesus cares. His weeping and groaning show how deeply He cares. He cares
for us in the same way.
(Ephesians 3:17-21)

4.        God listens to Jesus. When we go to the Father in prayer through Jesus, He
will hear.
(1 Timothy 2:1-6)
(John 14:12-14)
(John 16:23-24)

5.        When Jesus pleads our case, the Father will hear.
(1 John 2:1-5)

6.        The day is coming when all will arise out of the grave at the last day.
(John 5:28-29)
(Acts 23:6)
(Acts 24:14)