The Death Of Lazarus
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; Her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sister sent a message to Jesus, 'Lord he whom you love is ill'. But when Jesus heard it, he said, 'This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory so that the Son of God may be glorified through it'. Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to the disciples, 'Let us go to Judea again'. The disciples said to him, 'Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again"'. Jesus answered, 'Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them'. After saying this he told them, 'Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going to awaken him'. The disciples said to him, 'Lord if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right'.
Jesus however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, 'Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him'. Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, 'Let us also go, that we may die with him'.
to be continued