Summary: The resurrection of Christ from the grave is central to the message of Easter. But this Easter we’re going to back track in the life of Christ and focus on someone else that Jesus resurrected before His own death and resurrection.
The Death and Resurrection of Lazarus
1. Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2. It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.
3. So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
4. But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”
5. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6. So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.
7. Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”
8. The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You, and are You going there again?”
9. Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
10. “But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
11. This He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.”
12. The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”
13. Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep.
14. So Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,
15. and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.”
16. Therefore Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.”
17. So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
18. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off;
19. and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother.
20. Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house.
21. Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
22. “Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
23. Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24. Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
25. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,
26. and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27. She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”
28. When she had said this, she went away and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”
29. And when she heard it, she got up quickly and was coming to Him.