John 11

1There was a man named Lazarus who was sick. He lived in the town of Bethany. This is the town where Mary and her sister Martha lived. 2(Mary is the same woman that later put perfume on the Lord ˻(Jesus)˼ and wiped his feet with her hair.) Mary’s brother was Lazarus, the man that was now sick. 3So Mary and Martha sent a person to tell Jesus, “Lord, your dear friend Lazarus is sick.” 4When Jesus heard this he said, “The end of this sickness will not be death. But this sickness is for the glory of God. This has happened to bring glory to the Son of God.” 5(Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.) 6When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days. 7Then Jesus said to his followers, “We should go back to Judea.” 8The followers answered, “But teacher, those Jews in Judea tried to kill you with stones. That was only a short time ago. Now you want to go back there?” 9Jesus answered, “There are twelve hours of light in the day. Right? If a person walks in the day, then he will not stumble and fall. Why? Because he can see with the light of this world. 10But when a person walks at night he stumbles. Why? Because there is no light to help him see.” 11After Jesus said these things, he said, “Our friend Lazarus is now sleeping. But I am going there to wake him.” 12The followers answered, “But Lord, if he can sleep, he will be well.” 13Jesus meant that Lazarus was dead. But Jesus’ followers thought Jesus meant that Lazarus was really sleeping. 14So then Jesus said clearly, “Lazarus is dead. 15And I am glad that I was not there. I am happy for you, because now you will believe ˻in me˼. We will go to him now.” 16Then Thomas (the one called Didymus) said to the other followers, “We will go too. We will die with Jesus ˻in Judea˼.” 17Jesus arrived in Bethany. Jesus found that Lazarus had already been dead and in the tomb for four days. 18Bethany was about two miles from Jerusalem. 19Many Jews had come to Martha and Mary. They came to comfort them about their brother ˻Lazarus˼. 20Martha heard that Jesus was coming. She went out to greet Jesus. But Mary stayed at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you anything you ask.” 23Jesus said, “Your brother will rise and be alive again.” 24Martha answered, “I know that he will rise to live again at the time of the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection. I am life. The person that believes in me will have life ˻again˼ after he dies. 26And the person that lives and believes in me will never really die. Martha, do you believe this?” 27Martha answered, “Yes, Lord. I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God. You are the One that was coming to the world.” 28After Martha said these things, she went back to her sister Mary. Martha talked to Mary alone. Martha said, “The Teacher ˻(Jesus)˼ is here. He is asking for you.” 29When Mary heard this, she stood up and went quickly to Jesus. 30Jesus had not yet come into the village. He was still at the place where Martha met him. 31The Jews who had come were with Mary in the house. They were comforting her. They saw Mary stand and leave quickly. They thought that she was going to the tomb ˻of Lazarus˼. They thought she was going there to cry. So they followed her. 32Mary went to the place where Jesus was. When she saw Jesus, she bowed at his feet. Mary said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33Jesus saw that Mary was crying. Jesus saw the Jews that came with her. They were crying too. Jesus felt very upset. He was deeply troubled. 34Jesus asked, “Where did you put him ˻(Lazarus)˼?” They said, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus cried. 36And the Jews said, “Look! Jesus loved Lazarus very much!” 37But some of these Jews said, “Jesus healed the eyes of the blind man. Why didn’t Jesus help Lazarus and stop him from dying?” 38Again Jesus felt very upset. Jesus came to the tomb ˻where Lazarus was˼. The tomb was a cave with a large stone covering the entrance. 39Jesus said, “Move the stone away.” Martha said, “But Lord, it has been four days since Lazarus died. There will be a bad smell.” Martha was the sister of the dead man ˻(Lazarus)˼. 40Then Jesus said to Martha, “Remember what I told you? I said that if you believed, then you would see the glory of God.” 41So they moved the stone away from the entrance. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you heard me. 42I know that you always hear me. But I said these things because of the people here around me. I want them to believe that you sent me.” 43After Jesus said this he called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man ˻(Lazarus)˼ came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with pieces of cloth. He had a handkerchief covering his face. Jesus said to the people, “Take the cloth off of him and let him go.” 45There were many Jews that came to visit Mary. They saw what Jesus did. And many of these Jews believed in Jesus. 46But some of the Jews went to the Pharisees. They told the Pharisees what Jesus did. 47Then the leading priests and Pharisees called a meeting of the Jewish council. They said, “What should we do? This man ˻(Jesus)˼ is doing many miracles. 48If we let him continue doing these things, all the people will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take away our temple and our nation.” 49One of the men there was Caiaphas. He was the high priest that year. Caiaphas said, “You people know nothing! 50It is better for one man to die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed. But you don’t realize this.” 51Caiaphas did not think of this himself. He was high priest that year. So he was really prophesying that Jesus would die for the Jewish people. 52Yes, Jesus would die for the Jewish people. But Jesus would also die for God’s other children that were scattered ˻in all the world˼. He would die to bring them all together and make them one people. 53That day the Jewish leaders began planning to kill Jesus. 54So Jesus stopped traveling around openly among the Jews. Jesus left ˻Jerusalem˼ and went to a place near the desert. Jesus went to the town called Ephraim. Jesus stayed there with his followers. 55It was almost time for the Jewish Passover festival. Many people from the country went to Jerusalem before the Passover. They went to do the special things to make themselves pure ˻for the Passover˼. 56The people looked for Jesus. They stood in the temple area and asked each other, “Is he ˻(Jesus)˼ coming to the festival? What do you think?” 57But the leading priests and the Phariseeshad given a special order about Jesus. They said that if any person knew where Jesus was, the person must tell them. Then the leading priests and the Pharisees could arrest Jesus.

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