John 11:3

3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

Read John 11:3 Using Other Translations

Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
So the sisters sent to him, saying, "Lord, he whom you love is ill."
So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.”

What does John 11:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 11:3

Therefore his sisters sent unto him
Both the sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, sent to Jesus; they did not go themselves, being women, and the place where Jesus was, was at some distance; and besides, it was necessary they should abide at home, to attend their brother in his sickness, and therefore they sent a messenger, or messengers to Christ,

saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick;
for it seems that Lazarus was in a very singular manner loved by Christ, as man, as John the beloved disciple was; and this is the rather put into the message by the sisters, to engage Jesus to come to his assistance; and they were very right in applying to Christ in this time of need, who is the physician, both of the bodies and souls of men; and are greatly to be commended both for their modesty and piety, in not prescribing to Christ what should be done in this case: and it may be further observed, that such who are the peculiar objects of Christ's love, are attended in this life with bodily sickness, disorders, and diseases, which are sent unto them, not in a way of vindictive wrath, but in love, and as fatherly chastisements; which, as they are designed, so they are overruled for their good; and are to be considered, not as instances of wrath, but as tokens of love.

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