When Jesus arrived, he found out that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem.
Many Jews had come to Martha and Mary. They had come to comfort them because their brother was dead.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him. But Mary stayed at home.
"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "I wish you had been here! Then my brother would not have died.
But I know that even now God will give you anything you ask for."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
Martha answered, "I know he will rise again. This will happen when people are raised from the dead on the last day."
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even if he dies.
And those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
"Yes, Lord," she told him. "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God. I believe that you are the One who was supposed to come into the world."
After she said this, she went back home. She called her sister Mary to one side to talk to her. "The Teacher is here," Martha said. "He is asking for you."
When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.
Jesus had not yet entered the village. He was still at the place where Martha had met him.
Some Jews had been comforting Mary in the house. They noticed how quickly she got up and went out. So they followed her. They thought she was going to the tomb to cry there.
Mary reached the place where Jesus was. When she saw him, she fell at his feet. She said, "Lord, I wish you had been here! Then my brother would not have died."
Jesus saw her crying. He saw that the Jews who had come along with her were crying also. His spirit became very sad, and he was troubled.
"Where have you put him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied.
Then the Jews said, "See how much he loved him!"
But some of them said, "He opened the eyes of the blind man. Couldn't he have kept this man from dying?"