John 11:1-29 The Message Bible

The Death of Lazarus

11 1  A man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2  This was the same Mary who massaged the Lord's feet with aromatic oils and then wiped them with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was sick. 3  So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Master, the one you love so very much is sick." 4  When Jesus got the message, he said, "This sickness is not fatal. It will become an occasion to show God's glory by glorifying God's Son." 5  Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6  but oddly, when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed on where he was for two more days. 7  After the two days, he said to his disciples, "Let's go back to Judea." 8  They said, "Rabbi, you can't do that. The Jews are out to kill you, and you're going back?" 9  Jesus replied, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in daylight doesn't stumble because there's plenty of light from the sun. 10  Walking at night, he might very well stumble because he can't see where he's going." 11  He said these things, and then announced, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. I'm going to wake him up." 12  The disciples said, "Master, if he's gone to sleep, he'll get a good rest and wake up feeling fine." 13  Jesus was talking about death, while his disciples thought he was talking about taking a nap. 14  Then Jesus became explicit: "Lazarus died. 15  And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn't there. You're about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let's go to him." 16  That's when Thomas, the one called the Twin, said to his companions, "Come along. We might as well die with him."

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life

17  When Jesus finally got there, he found Lazarus already four days dead. 18  Bethany was near Jerusalem, only a couple of miles away, 19  and many of the Jews were visiting Martha and Mary, sympathizing with them over their brother. 20  Martha heard Jesus was coming and went out to meet him. Mary remained in the house. 21  Martha said, "Master, if you'd been here, my brother wouldn't have died. 22  Even now, I know that whatever you ask God he will give you." 23  Jesus said, "Your brother will be raised up." 24  Martha replied, "I know that he will be raised up in the resurrection at the end of time." 25  "You don't have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. 26  And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?" 27  "Yes, Master. All along I have believed that you are the Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world."

Jesus Weeps

28  After saying this, she went to her sister Mary and whispered in her ear, "The Teacher is here and is asking for you." 29  The moment she heard that, she jumped up and ran out to him.

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