Now Jesus was not yet come into the town (oupw de elhluqei o Ihsou ei thn kwmhn). Explanatory parenthesis with past perfect as in verse 19 . Martha had her interview while he was still coming (verse 20 ) and left him (went off, aphlqen, verse 28 ) to hurry to Mary with the news. Why Jesus tarried still where he had met Martha we do not know. Westcott says, "as though He would meet the sisters away from the crowd of mourners."