John 11:30-57 The Message Bible

30  Jesus had not yet entered the town but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31  When her sympathizing Jewish friends saw Mary run off, they followed her, thinking she was on her way to the tomb to weep there. 32  Mary came to where Jesus was waiting and fell at his feet, saying, "Master, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died."

33  When Jesus saw her sobbing and the Jews with her sobbing, a deep anger welled up within him. 34  He said, "Where did you put him?" 35  Now Jesus wept. 36  The Jews said, "Look how deeply he loved him." 37  Others among them said, "Well, if he loved him so much, why didn't he do something to keep him from dying? After all, he opened the eyes of a blind man."

Lazarus Brought to Life

38  Then Jesus, the anger again welling up within him, arrived at the tomb. It was a simple cave in the hillside with a slab of stone laid against it. 39  Jesus said, "Remove the stone." The sister of the dead man, Martha, said, "Master, by this time there's a stench. He's been dead four days!" 40  Jesus looked her in the eye. "Didn't I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" 41  Then, to the others, "Go ahead, take away the stone." 42  I know you always do listen, but on account of this crowd standing here I've spoken so that they might believe that you sent me." 43  Then he shouted, "Lazarus, come out!" 44  And he came out, a cadaver, wrapped from head to toe, and with a kerchief over his face. Jesus told them, "Unwrap him and let him loose."

The Plot against Jesus

45  That was a turnaround for many of the Jews who were with Mary. They saw what Jesus did, and believed in him. 46  But some went back to the Pharisees and told on Jesus. 47  The high priests and Pharisees called a meeting of the Jewish ruling body. "What do we do now?" they asked. "This man keeps on doing things, creating God-signs. 48  If we let him go on, pretty soon everyone will be believing in him and the Romans will come and remove what little power and privilege we still have." 49  Then one of them - it was Caiaphas, the designated Chief Priest that year - spoke up, "Don't you know anything? 50  Can't you see that it's to our advantage that one man dies for the people rather than the whole nation be destroyed?" 51  He didn't say this of his own accord, but as Chief Priest that year he unwittingly prophesied that Jesus was about to die sacrificially for the nation, 52  and not only for the nation but so that all God's exile-scattered children might be gathered together into one people. 53  From that day on, they plotted to kill him. 54  So Jesus no longer went out in public among the Jews. He withdrew into the country bordering the desert to a town called Ephraim and secluded himself there with his disciples. 55  The Jewish Passover was coming up. Crowds of people were making their way from the country up to Jerusalem to get themselves ready for the Feast. 56  They were curious about Jesus. There was a lot of talk of him among those standing around in the Temple: "What do you think? Do you think he'll show up at the Feast or not?" 57  Meanwhile, the high priests and Pharisees gave out the word that anyone getting wind of him should inform them. They were all set to arrest him.

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