Narrative Lectionary 431
4 But when JesusO heard it, he said, “This illnessP does not lead to death; rather it is for God’sQ glory,R so that the Son of God may be glorifiedS through it.” 5 Accordingly, though Jesus lovedT Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6 after having heard that Lazarus was ill,U he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walkCC during the day do not stumble,DD because they seeEE the lightFF of this world.GG 10 But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.”
11 After saying this, he told them, “Our friendHH Lazarus has fallen asleep,II but I am goingJJ there to awaken him.”
12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.”KK
13 Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thoughtLL that he was referring merely to sleep.MM 14 Then Jesus told them plainly,NN “Lazarus is dead. 15 For your sake I am gladOO I was not there, so that you may believe.PP But let us go to him.”
16 Thomas,QQ who was called the Twin,RR said to his fellow disciples,SS “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
17 When Jesus arrived, he foundTT that Lazarus had already been in the tombUU fourVV days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem,WW some two milesXX away, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to consoleYY them about their brother.
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and metZZ him, while Mary stayed at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I knowAAA that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrectionBBB on the lastCCC day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.DDD Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.EEE Do you believe this?”
27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah,FFF the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”
28 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she got upGGG quicklyHHH and went to him.
30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, sawIII Mary get up quicklyJJJ and go out. They followedKKK her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weepLLL there.
32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbedMMM in spiritNNN and deeply moved.OOO 34 He said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus began to weep.PPP 36 So the Jews said, “See how he lovedQQQ him!”
37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blindRRR man have kept this man from dying?”
38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave,SSS and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of the dead man,TTT said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead 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 took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thankUUU you for having heard me. 42 I knew that you alwaysVVV hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, he criedWWW with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet boundXXX with strips of cloth,YYY and his face wrappedZZZ in a cloth.AAAA Jesus said to them, “UnbindBBBB him, and letCCCC him go.”
Image Credit: “The Raising of Lazarus” by Henry Owasso Tanner, 1896.