Lazarus was the one that was brought up from the grave by Jesus. The gentle, shy Lazarus took Jesus home for supper one night and introduced Him to his sisters, Mary and Martha. Ever since that night they had all adopted Jesus into the family. Whenever he came into Bethany which is only a few miles from Jerusalem, he must stay with them.

Mary and Martha both went to the Lord saying "Lord, behold, he who you love is sick." "The sickness was not unto death," Jesus replied, "but for the glory of God; that the son of God may be glorified thereby." Jesus loved the whole family but when informed of the sickness of Lazarus did not hurry but waited where He was for two more days. The Jews were waiting for Him and the disciples warned Him not to go to Judea but He told them: "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbles not because he sees the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbles because there is no light in him." Jesus went on to say "our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may awaken him out of sleep."

Lazarus was dead four days. Jesus comforted Martha and told her that her brother shall rise again but she thought that He meant the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He that believes in me though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die."

Many of the Jews were there weeping and Jesus also wept for His friend. Jesus was led to the cave where Lazarus was laid and asked to have the stone removed. Martha objected because of the stench. "Said I not unto you that if you would believe, you should see the glory of God?" The stone was taken away and Jesus prayed "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. And I know that you hear me always but because of the people which stand by, I said it, that they may believe that you have sent me." At this Jesus said in a loud voice, "Lazarus come forth!" Lazarus rose up from the grips of death still in his graveclothes with a napkin about his face. Upon Jesus' word, Lazarus was loosed and let go. Many Jews round about were to now believe. Others would hate Him even more and seek to kill Him. This was the last time that Jesus would be able to walk out into the open.
[318, 325, 346, John 11]

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