Lent 5          Sunday 2 April 2017   John 11:1-4

 The Death of Lazarus
 
11 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
 
2(This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)
 
3So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
 
4When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
 
5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
 
6So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days,
 
7and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
 
8“But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”
 
9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light.
 
10It is when people walk at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
 
11After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
 
12His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.”
 
13Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
 
14So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,
 
15and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
 
16Then Thomas (also known as Didymusa) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go,
that we may die with him.”
 
 
Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus
 
17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
 
18Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,
 
19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.
 
20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
 
21“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
 
22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
 
23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
 
24Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
 
25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live,
even though they die;
 
26and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
 
27“Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”
 
28After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is
here,” she said, “and is asking for you.”
 
29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
 
31When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly
she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
 
32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said,
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
 
33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he
was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
 
34“Where have you laid him?” he asked.  “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
 
35Jesus wept.
 
36Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
 
37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this
man from dying?”
 
 
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
 
38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the
entrance.
 
39“Take away the stone,” he said.  “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days.”
 
40Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
 
41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you
have heard me.
 
42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
 
43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
 
44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.  Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
 
45Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put
their faith in him.