Jesus, however, was speaking about his death, but they thought He was speaking about natural sleep.
So Jesus then told them plainly, "Lazarus has died.
I'm glad for you that I wasn't there so that you may believe. But let's go to him."
Then Thomas (called "Twin") said to his fellow disciples, "Let's go so that we may die with Him."
When Jesus arrived, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.
References for John 11:17
Bethany was near Jerusalem (about two miles away).
References for John 11:18
Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.
As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him. But Mary remained seated in the house.
Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn't have died.
Yet even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give You."
"Your brother will rise again," Jesus told her.