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And many people came to Bethany to see Lazarus whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
John 12:9


. . . learning from the men, women and children of Bible times
            Lazarus,  brother of Mary and Martha                                                                 This is a true story!
 

             People who lived around Bethany were not much different than you and me.
"What do you want to do this weekend?"
                                                    "Hey, let's go down to Bethany
                                                       and see that Lazarus guy that
                                                       was dead for 4 days!"

John 11:1-44 & 12:9-10

            There was a family living in Bethany who was very close friends with Jesus. They were Lazarus and his two sisters Mary, and Martha. One day Lazarus became very sick so his sisters sent word to Jesus for him to come quickly.

            But Jesus said that this “Sickness will not end in death” but that it would glorify God. And even though Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus he waited two days before traveling to Bethany. After the two days Jesus told his disciples that Lazarus had fallen asleep and that it was time to go and wake him. But the disciples did not understand what he meant and said “Lord, if he sleeps he will get better.” So Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.”

            After arriving in Bethany Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in his tomb for four days!  Martha came running out to meet Jesus and said “Lord if you would have been here my brother would not have died.” Jesus replied “”Your brother will rise again.”

            But Martha thought he was talking about Judgment Day when all the dead will rise. So Jesus said to her “I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live even though he dies; and whoever live and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” But Martha still did not fully understand and she answered, “Yes Lord I believe you are the Christ, the Son of God.”

            Next Mary came out to meet him and was so sad about her brother’s death that she was weeping, Jesus was moved by her sadness so much that he too wept.

            After this Jesus went to Lazarus’ tomb and ordered them to remove the stone away from the entrance. But Martha argued with him and said “By this time he will have a bad odor, he has been dead four days.”

            But Jesus told her “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone and Jesus looked up into heaven and prayed. After he had prayed he yelled in a loud voice “LAZARUS, COME OUT!”  And sure enough out walked Lazarus still wrapped in his burial clothes!

            Later we read that many people were putting their faith in Jesus because Lazarus was telling everyone how Jesus had helped him. 

 

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And Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus Come Forth!"

Lazarus’ name means

“One who God helps”!
The chief priest were already trying to figure out a way to kill Jesus ---

--- and now they were also trying to figure out a way to kill Lazarus --

--- because many people believed in Jesus Christ because of Lazarus.

 

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