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The Death of Lazarus  Jn.11.1-16 (Bethany)

1There was a man named Lazarus who had fallen ill. His home was at Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2(This Mary, whose brother Lazarus had fallen ill, was the woman who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3The sisters sent a message to him: 'Sir, you should know that your friend lies ill.' 4When Jesus heard this he said, 'This sickness will not end in death; it has come for the glory of God, to bring glory to the Son of God.' 5And therefore, though he loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6after hearing of his illness Jesus waited for two days in the place where he was.

7After this, he said to his disciples, 'Let us go back to Judaea.' 8'Rabbi,' his disciples said, 'it is not long since the Jews there were wanting to stone you. Are you going there again?' 9Jesus replied, 'Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone can walk in daytime without stumbling, because he sees the light of this world. 10But if he walks after nightfall he stumbles, because the light fails him.'

11After saying this he added, 'Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I shall go and wake him.' 12The disciples said, 'Master, if he has fallen asleep he will recover.' 13Jesus, however, had been speaking of his death, but they thought that he meant natural sleep, 14Then Jesus spoke out plainly: 'Lazarus is dead. 15I am glad not to have been there; it will be for your good and for the good of your faith. But let us go to him.' 16Thomas, called 'the Twin', said to his fellow-disciples, 'Let us also go, that we may die with him.'

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life  Jn.11.17-27 (Bethany)

17ON HIS ARRIVAL Jesus found that Lazarus had already been four days in the tomb. 18Bethany was just under two miles from Jerusalem, 19and many of the people had come from the city to Martha and Mary to condole with them on their brother's death. 20As soon as she heard that Jesus was on his way, Martha went to meet him, while Mary stayed at home.

21Martha said to Jesus, 'If you had been here, sir, my brother would not have died. 22Even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will grant you.' 23Jesus said, 'Your brother will rise again.' 24'I know that he will rise again', said Martha, 'at the resurrection on the last day.' 25Jesus said, 'I am the resurrection and I am life. Some witnesses omit: I am life. If a man has faith in me, even though he die, he shall come to life; 26and no one who is alive and has faith shall ever die. Do you believe this?' 27'Lord, I do,' she answered; 'I now believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God who was to come into the world.'

Jesus Weeps  Jn.11.28-37

28With these words she went to call her sister Mary, and taking her aside, she said, 'The Master is here; he is asking for you.' 29When Mary heard this she rose up quickly and went to him. 30Jesus had not yet reached the village, but was still at the place where Martha left him. 31The Jews who were in the house condoling with Mary, when they saw her start up and leave the house, went after her, for they supposed that she was going to the tomb to weep there.

32So Mary came to the place where Jesus was. As soon as she caught sight of him she fell at his feet and said, 'O sir, if you had only been here my brother would not have died. 33When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews her companions weeping, he sighed heavily and was deeply moved. 34'Where have you laid him?' he asked. They replied, 'Come and see, sir.' 35Jesus wept. 36The Jews said, 'How dearly he must have loved him!' 37But some of them said, 'Could not this man, who opened the blind man's eyes, have done something to keep Lazarus from dying?'

Lazarus Brought to Life  Jn.11.38-44

38Jesus again sighed deeply; then he went over to the tomb. It was a cave, with a stone placed against it. 39Jesus said, 'Take away the stone.' Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him, 'Sir, by now there will be a stench; he has been there four days.' 40Jesus said, 'Did I not tell you that if you have faith you will see the glory of God?' 41So they removed the stone.

Then Jesus looked upwards and said, 'Father, I thank thee: thou hast heard me.
42I knew already that thou always hearest me, but I spoke for the sake of the people standing round, that they might believe that thou didst send me.'

43Then he raised his voice in a great cry: 'Lazarus, come forth.' 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet swathed in linen bands, his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said, 'Loose him; let him go.'

The Plot to Kill Jesus  Jn.11.45-53 (Jerusalem)[ Jn.11.45-53 → ] - Mt.26.1-5, Mk.14.1-2, Lk.22.1-2

45NOW MANY of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. 46But some of them went off to the Pharisees and reported what he had done.

47Thereupon the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a meeting of the Council. 'What action are we taking?' they said. 'This man is performing many signs. 48If we leave him alone like this the whole populace will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and sweep away our temple and our nation.' 49But one of them, Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year, said, 'You know nothing whatever; 50you do not use your judgement; it is more to your interest that one man should die for the people, than that the whole nation should be destroyed.' 51He did not say this of his own accord, but as the High Priest in office that year, he was prophesying that Jesus would die for the nation— 52would die not for the nation alone but to gather together the scattered children of God. 53So from that day on they plotted his death.

54Accordingly Jesus no longer went about publicly in Judaea, but left that region for the country bordering on the desert, and came to a town called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.

55THE JEWISH PASSOVER was now at hand, and many people went up from the country to Jerusalem to purify themselves before the festival. 56They looked out for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple they asked one another, 'What do you think? Perhaps he is not coming to the festival.' 57Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where he was should give information, so that they might arrest him.

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