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John 11:1-57 TPT

In the village of Bethany there was a man named Lazarus, and his sisters,
Mary and Martha. Mary was the one who would anoint Jesus’ feet with costly perfume and dry his feet with her long hair. One day Lazarus became very sick to the point of death. So his sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, our brother Lazarus, the one you love, is very sick. Please come!”

When he heard this, he said, “This sickness will not end in death for
Lazarus, but will bring glory and praise to God. This will reveal the greatness
of the Son of God by what takes place.

Now even though Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus with a divine
love, he remained where he was for two more days. Finally, on the third day,
he said to his disciples, “Come. It’s time to go to Bethany.

“But Teacher,” they said to him, “do you really want to go back there? It
was just a short time ago the people of Judea were going to stone you!”

Jesus replied, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight in every day? You
can go through a day without the fear of stumbling when you walk in the One
who gives light to the world. But you will stumble when the light is not in you,
for you’ll be walking in the dark.

Then Jesus added, “Lazarus, our friend, has just fallen asleep. It’s time
that I go and awaken him.

When they heard this, the disciples replied, “Lord, if he has just fallen
asleep, then he’ll get better.” Jesus was speaking about Lazarus’ death, but
the disciples presumed he was talking about natural sleep.

Then Jesus made it plain to them, “Lazarus is dead. And for your sake,
I’m glad I wasn’t there, because now you have another opportunity to see who
I am so that you will learn to trust in me. Come, let’s go and see him.

So Thomas, nicknamed the Twin, remarked to the other disciples, “Let’s
go so that we can die with him.”

Now when they arrived at Bethany, which was only about two miles
from Jerusalem, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four
days. Many friends of Mary and Martha had come from the region to console
them over the loss of their brother. And when Martha heard that Jesus was
approaching the village, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed in the house.

Martha said to Jesus, “My Lord, if only you had come sooner, my brother
wouldn’t have died. But I know that if you were to ask God for anything, he
would do it for you.”

Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise and live.

She replied, “Yes, I know he will rise with everyone else on resurrection
day.”

Martha,” Jesus said, “You don’t have to wait until then. I am the Resurrection, and I am Life Eternal. Anyone who clings to me in faith, even though he dies, will live forever. And the one who lives by believing in me will never
die. Do you believe this?

Then Martha replied, “Yes, Lord, I do! I’ve always believed that you are
the Anointed One, the Son of God who has come into the world for us!”

Then she left and hurried off to her sister, Mary, and called her aside from all
the mourners and whispered to her, “He’s here! And he wants to speak with
you.”

So when Mary heard this, she quickly went off to find him, for Jesus was
lingering outside the village at the same spot where Martha met him. Now
when Mary’s friends who were comforting her noticed how quickly she ran
out of the house, they followed her, assuming she was going to the tomb of her
brother to mourn.

When Mary finally found Jesus outside the village, she fell at his feet in tears
and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

When Jesus looked at Mary and saw her weeping at his feet, and all
her friends who were with her grieving, he shuddered with emotion and was
deeply moved with tenderness and compassion. He said to them, “Where did
you bury him?

“Lord, come with us and we’ll show you,” they replied.

Then tears streamed down Jesus’ face.

Seeing Jesus weep caused many of the mourners to say, “Look how much
he loved Lazarus.” Yet others said, “Isn’t this the One who opens blind eyes?
Why didn’t he do something to keep Lazarus from dying?”

Then Jesus, with intense emotions, came to the tomb—a cave with a stone
placed over its entrance. Jesus told them, “Roll away the stone.

Then Martha said, “But Lord, it’s been four days since he died—by now his
body is already decomposing!”

Jesus looked at her and said, “Didn’t I tell you that if you will believe in
me, you will see God unveil his power?

So they rolled away the heavy stone. Jesus gazed into heaven and said,
Father, thank you that you have heard my prayer, for you listen to every
word I speak. Now, so that these who stand here with me will believe that you
have sent me to the earth as your messenger, I will use the power you have
given me.” Then with a loud voice Jesus shouted with authority: “Lazarus!
Come out of the tomb!

Then in front of everyone, Lazarus, who had died four days earlier, slowly
hobbled out—he still had grave clothes tightly wrapped around his hands and
feet and covering his face! Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and let him loose.

From that day forward many of those who had come to visit Mary
believed in him, for they had seen with their own eyes this amazing miracle! But a few went back to inform the “Separated Ones” about what Jesus had done.

So the “Separated Ones” and the chief priests called a special meeting of
the High Council and said, “So what are we going to do about this man? Look
at all the great miracles he’s performing! If we allow him to continue like this,
everyone will believe in him. And the Romans will take action and destroy both
our country and our people!”

Now Caiaphas, the high priest that year, spoke up and said, “You don’t
understand a thing! Don’t you realize we’d be much better off if this one man
were to die for the people than for the whole nation to perish?”

(This prophecy that Jesus was destined to die for the Jewish people
didn’t come from Caiaphas himself, but he was moved by God to prophesy as
the chief priest. And Jesus’ death would not be for the Jewish people only, but to gather together God’s children scattered around the world and unite them as one.)

So from that day on, they were committed to killing Jesus. For this reason Jesus no longer went out in public among the Jews. But he
went in the wilderness to a village called Ephraim, where he secluded himself
with his disciples.

Now the time came for the Passover preparations, and many from the
countryside went to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the feast
began. And all the people kept looking out for Jesus, expecting him to come
to the city. They said to themselves while they waited in the temple courts, “Do you
think that he will dare come to the feast?” For the leading priests and the “Separated
Ones” had given orders that they be informed immediately if anyone
saw Jesus, so they could seize and arrest him.

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