While He was still teaching in the area of Parea, His good friend, Lazarus of Bethany became sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha sent for Jesus to come.
Since He had a plan to further reveal the glory of God, Jesus remained two more days before going to Bethany. He knew that by the time He arrived, Lazarus would be dead.
As Jesus came near Bethany, Martha came to meet Him and said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
Jesus, implying that He was planning to raise Lazarus from the dead replied, “Your brother will rise again.”
She thought He was referring to the resurrection at the end of time. Jesus further stated, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Martha made the same confession that Peter had made several weeks earlier as they traveled to Caesarea Philippi, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
After this, Martha left and called for Mary to come with her to meet with Jesus.
He was still outside of Bethany and when Mary came to Him, she fell at His feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Some of the Jews said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”
Lazarus had been dead and buried four days, but that did not matter to Jesus, because His power could have raised him, even if his body had been completely decayed.
The human side of Jesus was evident as He groaned in Himself and wept with the family and friends of Lazarus; however, the divine was much greater.
Jesus prayed to God in order to show the kinship He had with the Father and to increase the faith of those Jews who were present. He then called out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”
When Lazarus came from the tomb still bound with the grave clothes, many of the Jews believed, but others went to the Pharisees and reported on this most recent miracle of Jesus.
After nearly eight months of study, we are nearing the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. In our next New Testament study, the Jewish leaders conclude that He must die in order to save their nation—a death sentence without due process. Please continue with our chronological study through the Bible.