Jesus Returns to Judea and Raises Lazarus
Interwoven Gospels

Now a certain man, Lazarus, of Bethany, the village of Mary and Martha her sister, was sick. This was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. The sisters therefore sent to Jesus, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick." But when Jesus heard it, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it."

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. When, therefore. He heard that Lazarus was sick, even then He remained two days in the place where He was. Then, after this, He saith to the disciples, "Let us go into Judea again." The disciples say to Him, "Rabbi, the leaders were lately seeking to stone Thee, and goest Thou thither again?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any one walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of the world. But if any one walk in the night, he stumbleth, because the light is not in him." These things spake He, and after this He saith to them, "Lazarus, our friend, hath fallen asleep; but I am going that I may awake him." The disciples therefore said to Him, "Lord, if he hath fallen asleep, he will get well." Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of taking rest in sleep.

Then therefore Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. And I rejoice for your sakes that I was not there, in order that ye may believe; but let us go to him." Thereupon Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow-disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him."

So when Jesus arrived, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near to Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off. And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them concerning their brother. Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him; but Mary sat in the house. Martha therefore said to Jesus, "Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother would not have died; but even now I know that whatsoever Thou mayest ask of God, God will give to Thee." Jesus saith to her, "Thy brother shall rise again." Martha saith to Him, "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus saith to her, "I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth on Me, though he be dead, he shall live; and whosoever liveth and believeth on Me shall never die. Believest thou this?" She saith to Him, "Yea, Lord; I have believed that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, Who cometh into the world."

And having said this, she went away and called Mary, her sister, secretly, saying, "The Teacher has come, and calleth for thee." Then she, as soon as she heard it, rose up hastily and went to Him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him. The Jews therefore who were with her in the house and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up hastily and went out, followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. Then Mary, when she came where Jesus was, and saw Him, fell at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother would not have died."

Jesus, therefore, when He saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, was greatly moved in spirit, and distressed; and He said, "Where have ye laid him?" They say to Him, "Lord, come and see."

Jesus wept. The Jews therefore said, "Behold, how He loved him" But some of them said, "Could not this Man, Who opened the eyes of the blind man, have caused that this one also should not die?" Jesus, therefore, again greatly moved within Himself, cometh to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus saith, "Take ye away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, saith to Him, "Lord, already the odor is offensive, for it is the fourth day since he was buried," Jesus saith to her, "Did I not say to thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" Then they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, "Father, I thank Thee that Thou heardest Me. And I knew that Thou hearest Me always; but for the sake of the multitude that standeth around, I said it, that they may believe that Thou didst send Me." And having spoken these words, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" He that was dead came forth, bound hands and feet with grave-bandages, and his face bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith to them, "Loose him, and let him go." Many therefore of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did, believed on Him. But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus did.

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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