John 11:1-44 Reading the Passage

Jesus Christ: The Resurrection and The Life – John 11:1-44

11 Now a certain man named Lazarus was sick; he was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (2) This Mary, whose brother Lazarus was sick, was the same woman who had anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair. (3) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, saying, Lord, the one whom you love is sick. (4) But when Jesus heard this, he said, This sickness is not for death, but for the sake of the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it. (5) Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. (6) Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed at that time in the place where he was for two more days.

(7) Then he said to the disciples, Let us go back to Judea. (8) The disciples replied, Rabbi, just recently the Jews were trying to stone you; and yet you are going back there? (9) Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours of daylight? If a man walks during the daytime he will not stumble, because he sees by the light of this world. (10) But if a man walks at night he will stumble, because he does not have the light in himself. (11) After he had said this, he went on to tell them, Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going so that I may wake him out of sleep. (12) The disciples replied, Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will get better. (13) Now Jesus had been speaking about his death; but they thought he meant taking rest in sleep. (14) Then Jesus told them plainly, Lazarus is dead. (15) And for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe; but now let us go to him. (16) Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow-disciples, Let us also go, so that we may die with him.

(17) Upon his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. (18) Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, (19) and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them in the loss of their brother. (20) When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him; but Mary stayed at home. (21) Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. (22) But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask of him. (23) Jesus said to her, Your brother shall rise again. (24) Martha replied, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. (25) Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; (26) and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? (27) She said to him, Yes, Lord; I have believed that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into the world.

(28) After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside, telling her, The Teacher is here and he is asking for you. (29) When Mary heard this, she quickly got up and went to him. (30) (Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.) (31) When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, consoling her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. (32) 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.

(33) When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he groaned in his spirit and was troubled. (34) He asked, Where have you laid him? They said to him, Lord, come and see. (35) Jesus wept. (36) Then the Jews said, See how much he loved him! (37) But some of them said, Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have prevented the death of this man? (38) Jesus, again groaning within himself, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, with a stone laid against the entrance. (39) Jesus said, Remove the stone. Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to him, Lord, by this time the body stinks, for he has been dead for four days. (40) Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God? (41) So they removed the stone. Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard me. (42) I knew that you always hear me; but I said it for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me. (43) After having said this, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, Lazarus, come out. (44) The one who was dead came out, wrapped hand and foot in grave clothes; and there was a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, Unwrap him, and let him go.

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