Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany,1 the village of Mary and her sister Martha.22
This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.33
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love4 is sick."
When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory5 so that God's Son may be glorified through it."5
Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."68
"But Rabbi,"7 they said, "a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you,8 and yet you are going back there?"
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world's light.910It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light."11
After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend10 Lazarus has fallen asleep;11 but I am going there to wake him up."12
His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better."
Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.1214
So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead,15and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."16
Then Thomas13 (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."
On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.1418
Bethany15 was less than two milesa from Jerusalem,
and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.1620
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.1721
"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died.1822
But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."1923
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."24
Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection20 at the last day."2125
Jesus said to her, "I am22 the resurrection and the life.23 He who believes24 in me will live, even though he dies;26and whoever lives and believes25 in me will never die.26 Do you believe this?"27
"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ,b27 the Son of God,28 who was to come into the world."2928
And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. "The Teacher30 is here," she said, "and is asking for you."
When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.
Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.3131
When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her,32 noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."3333
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved34 in spirit and troubled.3534"Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied.
Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"3737
But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man38 have kept this man from dying?"39
Jesus, once more deeply moved,40 came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.4139"Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days."4240
Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed,43 you would see the glory of God?"4441
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up45 and said, "Father,46 I thank you that you have heard me.42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here,47 that they may believe that you sent me."4843
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"4944
The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen,50 and a cloth around his face.51 Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."
Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary,52 and had seen what Jesus did,53 put their faith in him.5446
But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
Then the chief priests and the Pharisees55 called a meeting56 of the Sanhedrin.57 "What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "Here is this man performing many miraculous signs.5848
If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our placec and our nation."
Then one of them, named Caiaphas,59 who was high priest that year,60 spoke up, "You know nothing at all!
You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish."6151
He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation,
and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.6253
So from that day on they plotted to take his life.6354
Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews.64 Instead he withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover,65 many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing66 before the Passover.
They kept looking for Jesus,67 and as they stood in the temple area they asked one another, "What do you think? Isn't he coming to the Feast at all?"
But the chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone found out where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might arrest him.