Bible Gateway passage: John 11:38-44 – New International Version
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
When did Jesus raised Lazarus?
It is only in the Gospel of John (John 11:1–44) that Jesus performs a miracle in which he raises Lazarus of Bethany from the dead four days after his entombment.This miracle is the only one recorded in the New Testament.To read the whole article, please click here.People also inquire as to when Lazarus was revived from the dead.The account of Lazarus is well-known since it appears in the Gospel of John (11:18, 30, 32, 38).Lazarus of Bethany was the brother of Martha and Mary, and he resided in the town of Bethany, which is close to Jerusalem.
- When Lazarus died, Jesus resurrected him from the dead after he had been entombed for four days in the tomb of Bethany.
- In the same way, who was risen from the dead according to the Bible?
- Two kilometers south of Mount Tabor, in the town of Nain, lies the setting for this story.
This is the first of three miracles performed by Jesus in the canonical gospels in which he raises the dead; the other two miracles are the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter and the rising of Lazarus, respectively.In a similar vein, the question is raised as to why Jesus wept for Lazarus.When discussing the two natures of Jesus, Pope Leo the Great referenced to this verse, saying, ″In His humanity, Jesus cried for Lazarus; in His divinity, he resurrected him from the grave.″ The grief, sympathy, and compassion that Jesus felt for the entire human race are recorded in the Bible.He was filled with wrath at the tyranny of death over all of mankind.When Jesus sees Lazarus, what does he say to him?
″Lazarus, come out!″ Jesus said in a loud voice once he had finished speaking.The body of the deceased was brought out, his wrists and feet bound in strips of linen, and a rag wrapped around his mouth.″Take off the burial garments, and let him go,″ Jesus instructed them to do.
What time of the year did Jesus raise Lazarus?
″Take away the stone,″ Jesus instructed.″Lord, by this time, there is a smell, since he has been dead for four days,″ Martha, the brother’s sister, remarked to Him, ″because he has been dead for four days.″ ″Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?″ Jesus inquired of her.″Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?″ Then they moved the stone away from the spot where the deceased guy was lying down to bury him.And.″Lazarus, come forth!″ he screamed out in a loud voice.And the person who had died emerged from the room, grave garments wrapped around his body and a cloth wrapped around his face.
- ″Loose him, and let him go,″ Jesus ordered to the soldiers.
- (John 11:39-44, New King James Version) When did this occur, and what season was it?
- The episode, according to the commentaries I’ve read, took place in the winter, just before Jesus’ crucifixion in the spring.
Martha’s terror about the stink emanating from her brother’s body, on the other hand, suggests a summertime setting.A pre-Passover date for Lazarus’ death would have been preferable since the weather would have been cooler and the ‘decompose’ problem would not have been as severe.When we consider his careful embalming, the chilly tomb, and the fact that it is winter, Martha’s reaction appears to be unjustified.Later in the year, though, it would not be an exaggeration to say the same.The claimed ″4 days″ would have mirrored Jewish inclusive counting; it would have been two full days plus two half days – or around three days in our estimation – to complete the journey.
So, are there any alternatives to the traditional winter schedule that may be considered?
Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead John 11:1-44 Bible Study with Commentary
The Resurrection of Lazarus As far as we know, Jesus had been preaching in towns beyond the Jordan River, most likely in Perea, which is located just north of the Dead Sea. This location has previously served as a baptismal site for the disciples of Jesus and John the Baptist.
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
- John 11:1-44 – Bible Study: John 11:1-44 – ″Now there was a particular man who was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha,″ says the first verse. Jesus was speaking in the town of Perea when He received word that Lazarus was sick. The village of Bethany was near to Jerusalem and approximately 20 miles or so from Jerusalem when He heard the news. Verse 2 and 3: ″When the Lord was sick, it was Mary who anointed his feet with ointment and cleaned them with her hair. Her brother Lazarus was also sick at the time (Matt 26:7-13). 3 As a result, the sisters sent a message to him, saying, ″Lord, he whom you love is suffering.″ After Lazarus began to deteriorate, his sisters, Mary and Martha, who had witnessed Jesus perform miracles, dispatched Jesus to attend to him. The act of praying for the ill was considered a religious requirement, or duty at the time
- yet, the primary reason Mary and Martha called for Jesus was because they were confident in His ability to cure them. Nevertheless, when Jesus heard it, he remarked, ″This disease will not result in death. It is done for the glory of God, in order that the Son of God may be exalted as a result of it.″ The objective of the illness was not to bring about death, but rather to bring honor to Jesus, the Son of God, via it. As we’ve seen, John prefers to refer to Jesus’ miracles as ″signs″ and acts that bring glory to God rather than as miracles themselves. In this instance, the glory of God outweighs the significance of the illness. Verse 5 to 7: ″Now, Jesus had a soft spot for Martha, her sister, and Lazarus. 6As a result, when he learned that Lazarus was sick, he remained in the spot where he was for an additional two days. 7 Then, following this, Jesus said to the disciples, ″Let us proceed to Judea once more.″ There is no danger of death from this sickness ″Jesus adored this family and spent a lot of time with them
- nonetheless, He did not go right away, but instead lingered for another two days. This study of the Gospel of John has shown numerous outstanding examples of God’s perfect timing, particularly in the life of Jesus (especially relating to His delays). Many times, when our prayers seem to go unanswered, it is because God’s intentions for us are predetermined and have a timetable for completion. When He mentioned Judea, He was referring to Bethany, which was roughly a day’s travel away and 20 miles away. ″This disease does not result in death,″ He explains to His disciples plaintively. By this point in Jesus’ ministry, the disciples had witnessed a number of miracles, including the transformation of water into wine, the miraculous feeding of five thousand people, walking on water, and the restoration of vision to the blind. In spite of this, it is unlikely that they were prepared for what was to come next? Verse 8 reads, ″I am the Lord’s servant.″ ″When the disciples approached him they exclaimed, ″Rabbi, the Jews were just about to stone you, and are you planning on going back again?″ Jesus had nearly missed being stoned to death by the people of Judea when he was arrested. The disciples were alarmed and perplexed by His announcement that He would return. 9-10: ″Jesus said, ″Are there not twelve hours in a day?″ he asked. Anyone walking during the day will not trip or fall because he will be able to glimpse the light of this planet. 10However, if anybody walks in the dark, he will stumble because he will not have the light inside him.″ The hours of the day or night are not impacted by the conditions and should be utilized whenever possible. Jesus’ time had not yet arrived, and he was making the most of each and every minute. Both during the day and at night Neither the Jews nor the Romans had a particularly intuitive manner of dividing the twelve hours of sunshine into twelve equal halves. Not all hours were exactly sixty minutes in duration, and the length of each hour varied depending on the time of year. The contrast between light and darkness Light represents God’s understanding of his will, while night represents God’s lack of awareness of his will. We are in the Dark when we go forward without His light/guidance, and we are more prone to trip over our own feet. Verse 11 through 15: ″His words were followed by the following statement: ″Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I’m going to rouse him up.″ He was awakened by his students, who told him that even if he had fallen asleep, he would awaken. 13Jesus had spoken of his death, but they mistook it for him saying that he was taking a break in sleep. 14Then Jesus addressed them directly, saying, ″For your sake, I am pleased that I was not present when Lazarus passed away, so that you may believe what has happened. But let’s go see him anyhow.″ The phrase ″to be sleeping″ was a typical metaphor for death in Jewish literature, but the disciples took Jesus’ words literally and attempted to urge Him to stay instead of leaving. Thomas, known as the Twin, told his other disciples, ″Let us also go, so that we may die with him,″ in verse 16.″ In this scene, Thomas, commonly known as ″Doubting Thomas,″ takes the initiative and says, ″Let us also go, so that we may die with him.″ (He doesn’t appear to be questioning anything at this point.) Despite the fact that they were aware of the risk, the disciples accompanied Him. In addition, we must keep in mind that becoming a follower of Jesus might come at a tremendous financial cost. If Jesus had been there at Lazarus’ death, or during the final moments of his life, He may have cured him instead of allowing him to die. Lazarus was permitted to die so that Jesus’ ability to defeat death might be demonstrated. Given that the resurrection from the dead is a core premise of the Christian faith, an evidence of this belief was required. I Am the Resurrection and the Life: I Am the Resurrection and the Life: Verse 17 (KJV): ″When Jesus arrived, he discovered that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days when he arrived. 18Bethany was close to Jerusalem, about two miles away, 19and many Jews had gone to Martha and Mary to console them over the death of their brother, who was a Roman citizen.″ Lazarus was buried on the same day that he died, despite the fact that he had been dead for four days at the time. Providing consolation to mourners was a fundamental obligation of the Jewish community, and the first meal following the burial was supposed to be provided by the community at large. Many friends and neighbors had gathered to console Martha and Mary following the death of Lazarus at the time of Jesus’ arrival. The city of Bethany was located near to Jerusalem, which was a considerably bigger city, which may have contributed to the great number of people who had gathered there. As a result, when Martha learned that Jesus was arriving, she went to meet him, but Mary chose to remain seated in the house.″ The Jewish community observed ″mourning time″ for an entire year, which was as follows: The first week was spent sitting on the floor (which appears to be what Mary was doing)
- the next three weeks were spent with no ″adornment.″
- and the final week was spent with no ″adornment.″
- They were instructed to refrain from everyday pleasures for the remainder of the year.
Some believe that the reason Martha walked out to meet Jesus while Mary stayed inside was just a matter of personality; however, this is not the case (Martha was out-going; Mary was perhaps, more reserved).However, in the absence of scriptural basis, this can only be regarded as speculation.As it turns out, Jesus had met with messengers on the outskirts of Bethany who informed Him that Lazarus had died four days ago, which validates Jesus’ previous declaration to His followers that Lazarus had died.Martha went to see Him, and their discourse is widely regarded as the most theologically significant of the entire episode..Interaction between Jesus and Martha in terms of theology Verse 21 and 22: Mary addressed Jesus, saying, ″Lord, if you had been present, my brother would not have died.″ But even today, I am confident that whatever you ask of God, God will provide.″ Martha stated that Jesus had the ability to prevent Lazarus’ death, which demonstrates a high level of trust.The next statement by her, however, displays an even deeper level of faith: ″However, even today, I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.″ Verse 23 and 24: ″″Your brother will resurrect from the dead,″ Jesus assured her.
- 24 ″I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the final day,″ Martha told him.
- ″I believe that.″ Not only would Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead in the current moment, but he would also do likewise in the future with all of the Believers who had faith in him.
- ″Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.’″ Whoever believes in me will live even if he dies, because I am the resurrection and the life.″ ″I AM,″ He proclaims with complete authority, ″I AM God,″ the One who has no beginning and no end, who is both ″Resurrection and Life!″ This is the fifth of the great ″I AM’s,″ as He announces with complete authority, ″I AM God.″ Verse 26 and 27: ″and anybody who lives and believes in me will never perish from the earth.
Do you believe what I’m saying?And she responded to him with, ″I think you are the Christ, God’s son, who is about to be born into this world,″ she said to him.″Anyone who lives and trusts in me will never die,″ Jesus declared in the Bible.As soon as we invite Christ to come into our life, we are born again, and although our physical bodies inevitably wear out and die, we, as Children of God, do not die; instead, we simply move to where He is and continue to live.We shall spend eternity with Jesus in a location so magnificent that when some of our most notable prophets were granted a sight of it, they were not permitted to express its splendor to anyone else.
When Jesus comes at the second coming, we will be given glorified bodies that will allow us to live eternally in His presence.Martha was asked a question by Jesus ″Do you believe what I’m saying?″Yes, you are the Christ, the Son of God,″ she said, her words as profound and important as any Peter had ever spoken.It was before He resurrected Lazarus from the grave that He said this.
Jesus weeps, speaks about his death, and reveals the identity of the final adversary: Verse 28 and 29: ″When she had finished speaking, she went and called her sister Mary, telling her privately, ″The Teacher has arrived and is calling for you.″ 29 And as soon as she heard it, she sprung to her feet and ran to him.″ Jesus had come and wanted to speak with Mary, so Martha informed her privately.″She rose swiftly and followed Him,″ Martha said of her actions.Verse 30 and 31: ″As of this writing, Jesus had not yet arrived in the hamlet, but was still at the location where Martha had first encountered him.31 They followed Mary out of the home, thinking she was heading to the grave to grieve there, when they noticed her rising abruptly and leaving the house as they were consoling her.″ Verse 32 reads, ″I am the Lord’s servant.″ ″When Mary arrived at the location where Jesus was and saw him, she immediately fell at his feet, telling him, ″Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.″ It was the identical phrase that Martha had used when she fell at his feet, crying, ″Lord, if you were here.″ Mary is depicted as being much more distraught than Martha, with the mourners comforting her and accompanying her to the grave while she mourns.
Verse 33 to 37: ″When he saw her crying, as well as the Jews who had come with her, he was deeply stirred in his soul and exceedingly distressed by what he had witnessed.34 ″Can you tell me where you buried him?″ he inquired.″Lord, please come and see,″ they said to him.35 Jesus broke down and sobbed.
- 36 As a result, the Jews exclaimed, ″Look at how much he cares about him!″ 37 Nevertheless, several of them wondered aloud, ″Couldn’t the same person who opened the blind guy’s sight also have prevented this man from dying?″ After witnessing Mary’s tears, Jesus, ″God the Son,″ was ″much touched in His Spirit and profoundly distressed,″ according to the Bible.
- This is in contrast to the common conception of God at the time – (a God with no emotions and no messy involvement with humans).
- Jesus was moved to tears by compassion, anger, sadness, frustration, and tears of wrath.
- These feelings have been portrayed as rage by thirty-eight different translators in a variety of ways.
- The Jews were divided in their viewpoints, as follows: While some people were moved by Jesus’ compassion and love as He wept, others were perplexed as to why He couldn’t have prevented Lazarus’ death if He had opened the blind’s eyes in the first place.
- Lazarus is raised by Jesus.
- Verse 38 (in the original): ″Then Jesus returned to the tomb, his heart broken once more.
- It was a cave, with a stone blocking the entrance.
- According to the English Standard Version (ESV), the phrase ″deeply affected anew″ is rendered as ″groaning.″ This word is used to describe ″rage″ in Mark 14:5, and it is used to imply ″deep sentiments″ in John 11:33.
- During that historical period, tombs were often caverns cut into the limestone rock of a hillside, and they were often spacious enough for people to move around inside of them.
- It was fairly uncommon for a number of bodies to be interred in a single tomb.
- A big stone laid over the entrance of the tomb served as a protective barrier.
″Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone,’″ says verse 39.″ ‘Lord, I’m sure there will be an odor by now,’ Martha, the deceased man’s sister, informed him.″He has been dead for four days, Lord,″ Martha remarked.Following Lazarus’ death four days earlier, and with the process of decomposition already begun, Martha felt agitated when Jesus ordered the stone to be moved aside.The Burial: In those days, bodies were often wrapped in cloth and placed on the floor to be discovered.A year later, family members would return and collect the bones, which they would then place in a box and slip into a slot in the wall, which they had built.
- Verse 40 reads as follows: ″″Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?″ Jesus inquired of her.
- Jesus reminded Martha of the promise He had made to her earlier in the day.
- His words, ″Did I not say that if you trusted in God’s might, you would see the glory of God?″ He said, as he challenged her to dive deep within her faith: Isn’t it true that Jesus put her in a difficult situation?
- (Didn’t she have a lot of trust in her own abilities?) Verse 41 and 42: ″As a result, they removed the stone.
- And Jesus raised his eyes to the heavens and said, ″Father, I am grateful that you have taken the time to hear me.
- 42 I was aware that you were constantly aware of my presence, but I stated this in order for the others who were standing about to think that you had sent me.″ Once the stone was removed, Martha permitted Jesus to pray to the Father on her behalf.
Jesus expressed gratitude to the Father for having already heard Him.Jesus was well aware of what was about to take place, and His prayer was for the good of the people.He desired for them to witness this magnificent miracle in order for them to be more convinced that He was from God.
Verse 43 (translated): ″Having stated these things, he said with an obnoxiously loud voice, ″Lazarus, come out!″ 44 The body of the guy who had died was brought out, his wrists and feet tied with linen strips and his face shrouded with a piece of fabric.″Unbind him, and let him go,″ Jesus replied to the soldiers.With a ‘loud voice,’ he says ″He ordered Lazarus to come out of the tomb!And it was then that the person who had died emerged.That He spoke in such a loud voice was not so Lazarus could hear Him; a whisper would suffice for that.There were a large number of people present, and Jesus spoke in a loud voice to ensure that everyone could hear and understand that Lazarus had been brought back to life by the great ″I AM.″ It was customary to wrap the corpse in large strips of fabric before burial.
- In order to keep the limbs straight, as well as the cheeks in order to keep the lips tight, this wrapping must be extensive; the face cloth may have been a square of a yard.
- Because of the tight wrapping, it would have been difficult for Lazarus to move, so when he emerged, he was still tied with linen strips and had his face covered with a cloth, as was customary.
- They were commanded to be removed by Jesus.
- Something to note: Men were not permitted to wrap women’s bodies, but women were permitted to tie both men and women, making it plausible, or at the very least possible, that Lazarus’ body was wrapped by his sisters.
The Resurrection of Lazarus is described as follows: In order to live eternally, Lazarus was not revived from the physical dead.The life that Jesus restored to Lazarus would come to an end when he died physically as a result of his resurrection.He is now ″present with the Lord,″ awaiting the resurrection in its physical form.This brings us to the conclusion of our examination of ″Jesus raises Lazarus from the grave.″ ″The Assassination of Jesus″ is the topic of our next study.There are the following findings in this study: a plot to assassinate Jesus, and a plot to kill Lazarus are both on the table.
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When their brother Lazarus became ill, Mary and Martha summoned Jesus to their home.When Jesus arrived at the home of these dear friends, Lazarus had already been dead for four days and had been buried in a tomb.It was a sad situation for the disciples.
- Jesus was distressed to see his companions in such distress.
- It was his friend’s name he yelled out to him as he stood in front of the grave.
- Lazarus came back to life and emerged from the tomb after being dead for four days.
Only the gospel of John contains a record of this incident.Although Jesus was very close to Lazarus, we only hear about him in John chapters 11 and 12.This is despite the fact that Jesus was quite close to him.
- It is another Lazarus who appears in the account of Jesus in Luke 16:19-31.
- Luke 10:38-42 mentions Lazarus’ two sisters, Mary and Martha, who were both there at his death.
- In the Gospel according to John, Mary is identified as the one who anointed Jesus’ feet with oil and wiped them with her hair (John 12:1-8).
- This is not the same woman that appears in Luke 7:36-50.
- Bethany was only a few kilometers away from the city of Jerusalem.
It was a little village on the slope of the Mount of Olives, near the edge of the Judean desert and on the outskirts of Jerusalem.When Lazarus became ill, Jesus was speaking on the eastern bank of the Jordan, close to the spot where John the Baptist had baptized him, when the incident occurred.Lazarus must have died shortly after Mary and Martha informed Jesus of his illness through messengers sent by them.Jesus waited two days before going to Lazarus because he was confident that the illness would not result in death (verse 4).When you combine the trip time of the messengers and Jesus with the two days, you arrive at a total of four days.This was the period of time that Lazarus had been dead when Jesus arrived at his side to revive him.
- On the day of death, it was common for a person to be buried on the same day that they passed away.
- The body was cleansed and anointed with spices before being buried.
- The Jews were not known for embalming their dead.
- They draped a cloth over their heads and wrapped their hands and feet in strips of linen, one for each hand and foot.
- After that, the linen strips were wrapped around the torso and over the garments.
- Jesus’ body would be prepared in the same manner some months after today’s event takes place (John 19:39-40 and 20:3-7).
- A large number of dead were buried in caverns.
- It is possible that the tomb has a number of niches where the bodies of family members were interred.
- The graves were entered through a tiny opening that was sealed by rolling a large stone against it.
- It was customary for friends and relatives to pay a visit and provide support during such a difficult time.
- It was customary for Jews to observe three days of extremely intense grief, followed by four days of heavy mourning, followed by three days of milder mourning throughout the remaining 30 days.
- Mary’s ″crying″ in verse 33 can be translated as ″loud weeping.″ This is in contrast to the term ″wept,″ which was used to describe a more subdued outpouring of tears when Jesus ″wept″ in verse 35.
- 11:33-35 (John 11:33-35) In this hour of sadness, Jesus empathized with his companions and expressed his feelings with them.
- Despite the fact that he was aware that Lazarus would be revived, he was aware that Mary and Martha were dissatisfied because he had not arrived before Lazarus died.
- He sobbed with them.
Jesus had the ability to raise Lazarus from the dead or perhaps avert his death if he had done it from a distance.That would have prevented his pals from having to feel sorry for themselves.He was aware that Lazarus’ death was the Father’s will, and that his resurrection would serve as a testament to God’s majesty and glory (verse 40).He did not resurrect Lazarus to make his buddies happy; he did it to make himself happy.He resurrected Lazarus from the dead in order to demonstrate the greatness of God.When Jesus begged for the stone to be turned back, Mary, who was known for her practicality, was taken aback.
She was well aware of how the corpse would smell once this period of time had elapsed.Consider how she and the other disciples must have felt when Jesus ordered for Lazarus to be brought forth (verse 43).One may imagine how many people would have left the tombs that day if Jesus had not called Lazarus by his given name, as has been remarked with amusement by some.
- The image of Lazarus leaping out of the grave is a favorite among children.
- Keep in mind that he would have been clothed in all of those burial garments at the time.
- He would have been unable to walk.
Is it possible that he floated out of the tomb?After telling the crowd to take his burial cloths off and let him go, Jesus had to go (verse 44).top
Way to Introduce the Story:
If it is suitable for your class, you might want to talk about funerals that you or your students have attended or witnessed. Discuss the grief and how we may turn to God for help, knowing that he understands. In many cases, children find it simpler to talk about these issues than adults do. We’ll be learning about a period when one of Jesus’ companions died today, says the teacher. top
Jesus had several extremely dear friends named Mary, Martha, and Lazarus who were among his closest associates.Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were three siblings who lived together in the same house.They were residents of the town of Bethany.
- Jesus enjoyed going to Bethany to see his friends and spend time with them.
- At one point, when Jesus was talking about God from a distance, Lazarus became ill.
- Mary and Martha were both extremely concerned about their brother’s well-being.
- They were afraid he was going to die.
- Our friend Jesus has been missing for a while, so let’s send someone to find him.″ ″Jesus has the ability to help Lazarus recover.″ As a result, Mary and Martha dispatched a messenger to track out Jesus.
When the messengers met Jesus, they requested him to go to Lazarus’ house since Lazarus was in critical condition.Jesus agreed.″Don’t be concerned; this illness will not result in death,″ Jesus assured them.After that, he continued to instruct the people for another two days before traveling to Bethany.″We have to travel to Bethany because Lazarus has fallen asleep,″ Jesus informed the disciples after two days had gone.″I’m going to have to go wake him up.″ When he noticed that the disciples were perplexed, he stated, ″Lazarus has passed away.″ While traveling to the village of Bethany, the disciples were befuddled and unsure of what they were doing.
- What exactly did all of this mean?
- In what way did Jesus know that Lazarus was no longer alive?
- How would you go about ″reawakening″ a deceased person?
- After a long journey, Jesus and his followers finally arrived at Bethany.
- A large number of people had gathered at Mary and Martha’s home.
- A large number of them were in tears.
- As a result, Jesus was not shocked to hear that they were all sobbing over Lazarus.
- Lazarus had been dead for four days when he was revived.
- Martha walked out into the street to greet Jesus.
- It made Martha exceedingly upset.
- ″Jesus,″ she expressed her disappointment.
- ″If you had arrived sooner, Lazarus would not have died!″ ″Don’t be concerned, Martha; your brother will rise from the dead,″ Jesus assured her.
- Martha was really perplexed.
- She mistook Jesus’ words for meaning that Lazarus would come back to life when he arrived in paradise.
- She went to Mary’s house to pick her up.
When Mary learned that Jesus had arrived in town, she made haste to be with him.’Jesus, if you had been here sooner, Lazarus would not have died,’ she sobbed, her tears streaming down her face as she added, ″Jesus, if you had been here sooner, Lazarus would not have died.″ Jesus was certain that everything would work out, but he was heartbroken to see Mary in such distress.Jesus understands what it’s like to be in a state of deep sadness.He was so moved by Mary’s plight that he shed tears as well.After then, Jesus requested that someone accompany him to the location where Lazarus was buried.When Lazarus passed away, his family was tasked with caring for his remains.
During those times, people would drape a cloth over the deceased’s head.Afterwards, they put strips of cloth over the hands and feet.After that, they wrapped the individual in long pieces of fabric that were wound around and around the body until the person was completely enveloped.
- Sometimes they put sweet-smelling scents, such as aloe vera, in the towels to keep the body from stinking so bad.
- Then they buried the body in a cave or a tomb and covered the entrance with a large stone.
- A large number of family members were frequently interred in the same cave or tomb.
Lazarus was laid to rest in a cave.There were a large number of people gathering around it.After reaching the cave, Jesus instructed the followers to roll the stone out of the entrance.
″Jesus, how are we going to accomplish that?″ Martha said.Lazarus had been dead for four days now, according to the Bible.″His body is going to stink.″ ″Martha, all you have to do now is wait and see.″ It is only by faith that one may behold the majesty of God.The large stone was removed by the villagers.″Lazarus, come out!″ Jesus said after praying in a loud voice after finishing his prayer.What exactly was Jesus up to?
- Didn’t he realize that Lazarus was no longer alive?
- Do you have any idea what was going on?
- Everyone took a look at the tomb’s entrance and made educated guesses about what they observed.
- Lazarus was making his way out of the grave, and he was still breathing!
- Everyone was giddy with excitement!
Lazarus had risen from the dead.There was only one snag in the plan.Lazarus was still alive, but he was unable to move.He was still wrapped up in his funeral cloths when I found him!
″Go ahead and take his burial garments off so that he can move about,″ Jesus instructed the audience to do.What a joyous day it must have been in Bethany at that time.Everyone had been depressed at the start of the day, but now they were cheerful.God and Jesus understand what it’s like to be depressed.
When we are depressed, we may turn to God for assistance, and he will make us feel better.top
Ways to Tell the Story:
It is possible to tell this narrative in a number of different ways.Never stray from the facts provided in the Bible, but rather use drama, visual aids, voice inflection, student involvement and/or emotion to help youngsters connect to its significance.Visual aids and story-telling techniques may be found by clicking here.
- To download these graphics and the accompanying slideshow, please visit this page.
- Make your selections.
- Because every teacher is different, only the visuals that are most relevant to the way YOU are teaching the tale in THIS session should be used.
- To avoid being confused, delete any pictures that cover other topics or elements you do not want to emphasize in this lesson.
- Who was Mary and Martha’s brother, and how did he come to be? Lazarus
- When Jesus came at the house of Mary and Martha, everyone began to sob. Why was this? Lazarus was no longer alive.
- What occurred when Jesus called out Lazarus’ name in front of the tomb and nothing happened? Lazarus came to life and emerged from the tomb
- Jesus’ Love is a-Bubblin’ All Over the Place in Song
- Yes, you should cast your burdens. It is Jesus who loves me
- I am completely encircled, tied up, and entangled in Jesus.
- For further possibilities, please see the Song Page on this website.
Learning Activities and Crafts:
- (How can I select the most appropriate learning activities for my particular teaching situation?) Activities: ″Prepare a corpse for burial″ by wrapping it in rolls of toilet paper. The majority of the youngsters will want to volunteer to be the body
- turn the exercise described above into a race for them. It is possible for teams to wrap the body in a roll of toilet paper and then transport it to the ″tomb.″ The winner is the first one to enter the tomb
- Look up the location of Bethany on a map.
- Handicrafts: Use stiff paper to cut out a simple body shape (with feet together and arms to the side) (no pun intended). Wrap it in gauze strips to keep it from falling apart. If you have access to an aloe-vera plant, you may use it to wrap the spices in while they are cooking. Aloe was traditionally used as a funeral spice
- using stiff paper, cut out a basic body figure (feet together, arms to the side). Children should cover their bodies in 1-2 layers of white toilet paper and then softly spritz them with water to keep them cool. Wrapping and misting should be repeated until a ″mummy″ is produced. After each spray, gently press the covering to seal it. Allow to dry
- then, using dough, construct a tomb and a stone.
- Draw a picture of Jesus and draw a basic sorrowful expression on his face. ″Jesus Cares When I Am Sad,″ write on a piece of paper.
- Make cards for folks who are unwell or are going through a difficult time of any kind.
- Encourage the youngsters to use tact and tactfulness in their comments.
- Perhaps a straightforward statement such as ″Jesus loves you″ might suffice
On this website, you may find teaching ideas that can be used to any class by visiting the Teaching Ideas page. Please see the link below for printable ″Jesus Raises Lazarus″ posters that may be printed on A4 size paper. To print ″Jesus Raises Lazarus″ on Letter size paper (in the United States), go to this link.
Other Online Resources:
- A coloring page and activities on Lazarus’ resurrection (courtesy of the Calvary Curriculum)
- Standard Publishing’s coloring page, which may be found at sermons4kids.com
- Gardenofpraise.com has a crossword puzzle, a multiple choice worksheet, a word puzzle, a maze, and a wordsearch, as well as interactive group activities. Sermons4Kids.com has a crossword puzzle, a multiple choice worksheet, a wordsearch, and an interactive group activity.
What happened to Lazarus after Jesus raised him from the dead?
Answer to the question According to John 11:1–44, a man called Lazarus was resurrected from the dead by Jesus Christ.In addition to Jesus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, Lazarus was a close companion of Jesus’s.His health had deteriorated, and his sisters requested that Jesus visit them in Bethany.
- Lazarus perished as a result of Jesus’s tardiness in arriving.
- Jesus did not arrive at Bethany until four days after Lazarus’ death, which was a significant delay.
- Martha was befuddled and grieved by Jesus’ decision to allow His buddy Lazarus to pass away.
- Nevertheless, He assured her that ″your brother shall rise again″ (John 11:23).
- Martha mistook Jesus’ words for a reference to the final resurrection of the dead, but He was actually speaking about something that was about to take place at that same time.
When Jesus arrived to the site of Lazarus’ tomb, He had men remove the stone that had been placed over the entrance.″Lazarus, come out!″ he said at that point.(See also John 11:43.) When the dead guy staggered out of the cave, still tied with burial cloths, the stunned crowd surrounding the tomb gasped in surprise.Many of those who witnessed this miracle believed in Jesus, but others reported it to the religious authorities, according to verses 45–46.That this miracle occurred sealed Jesus’ destiny in the eyes of the Pharisees and the ruling class.″From that day on, they plotted to assassinate him″ (verse 53).
- Not only were the Jewish officials plotting to take Jesus’ life, but they were also plotting to take the life of Lazarus: ″The chief priests formed arrangements to assassinate Lazarus…
- since on account of him many of the Jews were coming over to Jesus and trusting in him″ (John 12:10–11).
- The news spread quickly, and many people expressed an interest in seeing the guy who had been raised from the dead.
- The Pharisees, alarmed, convened a meeting of the Sanhedrin, Israel’s supreme court, to discuss the situation.
- Almost certainly, Lazarus was retelling his resurrection experience again, which led to the Pharisees’ frantic determination that Lazarus must be put to death, which they believed was justified.
- Lazarus, the newest evidence of Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah, had to leave, according to the dimly lit thoughts of the temple authorities.
- Immediately following Lazarus’s resurrection from the grave, he returned to the house where he had lived with Mary and Martha (John 12:1–2).
- Mary applied costly perfume to Jesus’ feet and then cleansed them with her hair, and he was there to see it.
- Knowing about the miracle Jesus had just accomplished, we can understand why Lazarus’ sister was so moved with thankfulness that she would go to such extreme measures to express her appreciation.
- Lazarus may have been the sole provider for his sisters, and his death might have resulted in them both being forced to live in poverty.
- As well as being their beloved brother, Jesus had returned to them as the defender and provider that they had come to expect and depend upon.
- The Bible does not provide any more information on Lazarus.
- Any further information stems from the history of the church and may or may not be accurate.
- According to one legend, after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension back into heaven, Lazarus and his sisters relocated to Cyprus, where Lazarus rose to the position of bishop of Kition before passing away of natural causes in AD 63.
Another legend holds that Lazarus and his sisters traveled to Gaul to preach the faith, and that Lazarus rose to the position of bishop of Marseilles, where he was assassinated under the tyranny of Emperor Domitian, according to another theory.It is not known what occurred to Lazarus between his first resurrection and his second death during this time period.We may be positive, however, that his bodily body died a second time after the first.As also, according to 1 Corinthians 15:51–53 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14–17, Lazarus will be risen from the grave and will be reunited with the rest of God’s saints for all of eternity.Return to: Biblical Characters and Their Relationships with Others.After Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the grave, what happened to him remains unknown.
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A Summary and Analysis of the Raising of Lazarus
One of the miracles done by Jesus was the resuscitation of Lazarus from the dead.The rising of Lazarus is only reported in the Gospel of John, just as the miracle of turning water into wine was only mentioned at the wedding at Cana.Lazarus of Bethany is raised from the dead in this miracle, which takes place four days after Lazarus had been entombed.
- The Resurrection of Lazarus: a synopsis The sole story of Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the grave is found in John 11:1–44, which is the first chapter of the Gospel of John.
- According to the Gospel of John, a man called Lazarus, who lived in the village of Bethany, was unwell.
- Lazarus is Mary’s brother, and he died in the same place as her (who is often identified with Mary Magdalene).
- Mary and her sister Martha requested that Jesus come and assist their brother, whom Jesus adored in the same way that he adored Mary and Martha.
- In spite of this, Jesus chose to remain in the same place for a further two days rather than traveling to Bethany to assist Lazarus.
It was only after that that Jesus and his disciples returned to Judea.They attempted to dissuade him from taking such a drastic step by telling him that Jews had attempted to stone him to death.Nevertheless, Jesus answered in cryptic terms, saying that individuals who walk by day perceive the light, but those who walk by night stumble because they have ‘no light’ within them.As a result, he proceeded to Bethany in order to awaken Lazarus from his’sleep’ of death.It became evident at that point that Jesus had delayed coming to Lazarus immediately because he intended to wait until Lazarus was dead in order to demonstrate his divinity to his followers once and for all, and that this was the reason for his delay.The disciples were shocked to learn that Lazarus had been dead for four days when they arrived on the outskirts of the city of Bethany.
- Martha, who had gone out to greet them, informed Jesus that she was certain he would have healed Lazarus if he had arrived sooner.
- She, on the other hand, had faith that if he asked God to restore Lazarus to life, God would grant his request.
- In response, Jesus proclaimed, ″I am the resurrection and the life: he who believeth in me shall live, even if he were dead″ (John 11:25).
- As a result, those who believe in God will continue to exist in heaven for all eternity, even after their human lives have come to an end.
- Martha approached Jesus and told him that she thought he was the Son of God; she then summoned Mary over to join them in their belief.
- After seeing Jesus, Mary fell at his feet and expressed her belief that if he had been present when Lazarus was alive, he would have been able to rescue him, just as Martha had claimed he would.
- Jesus inquired as to where Lazarus had been buried, and when they showed him the location, he sobbed.
- (This segment of the Lazarus account is responsible for the shortest verse in the whole Bible, which is found in John 11.) John 11:35 is comprised of only two words: ‘Jesus wept.’ They could all see how much Jesus cared about Lazarus, and they all knew he had the ability to save Lazarus if only he had been given the chance.
- While approaching the grave, Jesus sighed because it was a cave with a stone blocking the entrance.
- When Jesus commanded them to move the stone away, Martha objected, claiming that it had been four days since Lazarus’ death and that his corpse would smell bad.
- They removed the stone from the cave and Jesus lifted his eyes to the heavens, praying to God.
- After he finished praying, they returned the stone to the cave.
- As a result, Jesus called out for Lazarus to be raised from the dead.
- Lazarus, bound in his burial robes, walked out of his grave, living for the first time since he was laid to rest in the tomb (John 11:44).
- The Resurrection of Lazarus: an examination The resurrection of Lazarus is the final of Jesus’ miracles or’signs’ of his divinity that are recorded in the Gospel of John.
Through the resurrection of the dead, it is unmistakably given to us as the apex of Jesus’ divinity, reflecting his capacity to vanquish death itself and therefore bring the dead back to life.However, the placement of this miracle in John’s account of Jesus’ life also implies that the occurrence is intended to complement and coincide with Jesus’ own impending death, which is a possibility.He has returned to Bethany in order to bring Lazarus back to life, fully aware that he would pay for his actions with his own life.Sure enough, he would be apprehended and crucified within a short period of time.However, Jesus’ raising of Lazarus foreshadows his own triumph over death, which occurs three days after the Crucifixion, when he is raised from the dead.As the last miracle he will accomplish in this life, it prepares the way for his own resurrection, with the detail of the stone rolling away from the tomb also serving as a reference to Jesus’ own resurrection via the resurrection of his buddy Lazarus.
Who was Lazarus, and what was his story?″Lazarus of Bethany″ was the entire name by which Lazarus was known.Bethany is currently known as Al-Eizariya in the West Bank, which literally translates as ‘the location of Lazarus.’ Lazarus gained notoriety as a result of Jesus’ resurrection of him from death.
- However, there are two Lazaruses referenced in the New Testament, which might be confusing.
- They appear to have been two distinct individuals.
- While Luke (chapter 16) recounts Jesus’ story of the wealthy man and Lazarus, it should be noted that this Lazarus (a beggar) is not the same Lazarus who was resurrected from the dead by Jesus.
Just John, however, relates the account of Jesus raising Lazarus (the other one) from the grave, and he does so only once.Although it’s possible that John is extending Luke’s story of the rich man and Lazarus (as suggested by the writers of the Dictionary of the Bible), it’s not likely (in which Lazarus, the humble beggar, goes to heaven but the rich man does not).Whatever the reality of the matter is, there are other instances of Jesus resurrecting the dead in the Gospels that may be verified.
According to Luke 7:14-15, Jesus raises the dead son of a widow, with Luke’s phrase (‘And he that was dead sat up’) being repeated by John’s phrasing (‘And he that was dead came out.’ However, Luke’s narrative of this occurrence is considerably shorter than John’s tale of Lazarus, and it takes place far earlier in Jesus’ life than John’s version.Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead was, according to John, the final great deed he accomplished as proof of his divinity before his arrest and death.
The Saturday of Lazarus
A great feast of the Orthodox Church is celebrated on the Saturday before Holy Week, when our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ performed a miracle by raising Lazarus from the dead after he had been in the tomb for four days.The Church blends this celebration with that of Palm Sunday, which occurs at the conclusion of Great Lent and the forty days of fasting and penitence that preceded it.The Church bears witness to Christ’s victory over death and exalts Him as King as we enter the most solemn week of the year, which leads the faithful in remembrance of His suffering and death and culminates in the great and glorious Feast of Pascha, which is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
- The Biblical Narrative Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus Christ, according to the Gospel of John 11:1-45.
- The account is told in John 11:1-45.
- As a result of Lazarus’s illness, his sisters Mary and Martha send a letter to Jesus in which they say, ″Lord, he whom you love is sick.″ In response to the message, Jesus states, ″This disease will not cause death; rather, it will be used for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be exalted as a result of it″ (vv.
- In fact, Jesus did not immediately travel to Bethany, the village where Lazarus resided with his sisters, as many people believe.
Instead, He chose to remain at the location where He was now residing for another two days.After this, He informed his followers that they would be returning to Judea shortly after.The disciples conveyed their fear right away, noting that the Jews in the area had just attempted to stone Him to death (John 10:31).″Doesn’t it seem to you that there are twelve hours of daylight?″ Jesus inquired of His followers.Those who walk during the day do not stumble because they are aware of the light of this world; nevertheless, those who walk at night stumble because they are unaware of the light of this world″ (vv.5-10).
- Following this, Jesus informed his followers that Lazarus had fallen asleep and that He was on his way to the hospital to wake him up.
- The disciples were perplexed as to why He would go to rouse Lazarus, given that it was best for him to sleep if he was sick.
- Although Jesus was referring to the death of Lazarus, he did not tell the disciples that Lazarus had died until after they had asked about it (vv.
- When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days when he was discovered by the disciples.
- Because Bethany was so close to Jerusalem, a large number of Jews had come to comfort Mary and Martha.
- After hearing that Jesus was arriving, Martha hastened to see Him and expressed her gratitude to Him by saying, ″Lord, if you had been present, my brother would not have died.″ But even today, I am confident that God will provide you with anything you want of Him.″ Jesus assured her that her brother would resurrect from the dead.
- Martha expressed her certainty that he will rise from the dead on the final day in the resurrection.
- ″I am the resurrection and the life,″ Jesus declared in response.
- Whoever believes in me will live, and everyone who believes in me will live forever.″ ″Even though they perish, those who believe in me will live,″ says the Lord.
- Jesus inquired as to whether Martha agreed with him.
- ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, and that you are the one who is coming into the world,’ she told Him (vv.
- Martha returned to inform Mary that Jesus had arrived and had requested her presence.
- Mary went to meet Him, and she was accompanied by people who were consoling her as she made her way there.
The mourners trailed after her, convinced that she was heading to the tomb to wail.When she finally arrived at Jesus’ feet, she bowed her head and cried out, ″Lord, if you had been present, my brother would not have perished.″ Her sobbing and the people who were with her were witnessed by Jesus, and He was moved to tears.He requested that he be carried to the tomb of Lazarus, which was nearby.As Jesus cried over Lazarus, the Jews said, ″Look at how much He cares for him.″ Others speculated that if Jesus had the ability to open the eyes of the blind, He could very likely have prevented Lazarus’ death (vv.28-37).When Jesus arrived at the tomb, he requested that the stone that had been placed over the entrance be removed.
Observing that Lazarus had now been in the grave for four days, Martha speculated that there would be an unpleasant stink.″Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?″ Jesus inquired of the disciples.The stone was removed, and Jesus raised his eyes to heaven, saying, ″Father, I thank you for having heard me, but I have spoken this for the sake of the crowds who are here, so that they may believe that you sent me.″ ″Father, I thank you for having heard me,″ he continued.
- As soon as He had finished saying this, He said in a loud voice, ″Lazarus, come out!″ In response to Lazarus’s exit from the tomb, which he had been tied with strips of burial linen, Jesus responded, ″Unbind Him, and Let Him Go″ (vv.
- After seeing this miracle, a large number of the Jews who were there came to believe in Jesus.
Others went to the Pharisees and informed them of Jesus’ actions.When the Pharisees and the top priests heard about it, they convened a meeting to discuss how they would arrest and execute Him (v.45ff).
As a means of reassuring His disciples before the approaching Passion, Christ performs this miracle: they are to realize that, despite He suffers and dies, He is still Lord and Victor over death.The resurrection of Lazarus represents a fulfillment of a prophesy in the shape of a physical event.In one sense, it foreshadows Christ’s own Rising eight days later, and in another, it prophesies the resurrection of all the righteous on the Last Day: Lazarus is ″the saving firstfruits of the world’s regeneration.″ The miracle at Bethany, as the liturgical texts emphasize, exposes the two natures of Christ the God-man by revealing his divine and human natures.Christ inquires as to where Lazarus is buried and weeps for him, demonstrating the whole of His masculinity in the process, which involves human ignorance as well as real grieving for a long-lost comrade.Later, in order to demonstrate the extent of His almighty authority, Christ raises Lazarus from the dead, despite the fact that his corpse had already began to decay and stink.Keep this twofold richness of the Lord’s divinity and His humanity in mind throughout Holy Week, and especially on Good Friday, as you prepare to celebrate His death.
- There is actual human misery on the Cross, both physical and emotional, but there is more than this: we witness not just suffering man but also suffering God, who is suffering on the Cross.
- According to an ancient account, Lazarus was thirty years old when the Lord resurrected him from the dead; he then lived another thirty years on the island of Cyprus, where he died and was buried in the presence of the Lord.
- Also reported is that, following his resurrection from the grave, he never laughed again until the end of his life, save for one occasion when he witnessed someone steal a clay vessel, when he grinned and exclaimed, ″Clay thieving clay,″ which was seen as a joke.
- His cemetery, which is located in the city of Kition and has the inscription: ″Lazarus the four-day-dead and friend of Christ,″ is marked with a cross.
- In 890, Emperor Leo the Wise ordered the transport of his precious relics to Constantinople, and it was at this time that the Emperor definitely authored his stichera for Vespers, ″Wishing to visit the grave of Lazarus…,″ which may be heard below.
Lazaros and Lazaria, as well as Xronia Polla, have their names commemorated today.Recipe for GOARCH ‘Lazarakia,’ a traditional Lenten bread for the ‘Saturday of Lazarus,’ courtesy of GOARCH.
Biography: Emma Lazarus
Emma Lazarus is a writer and activist who is internationally renowned for her work as a Jewish American writer and activist.However, she is most well-known for her poem ″The New Colossus,″ which is etched at the foot of the Statue of Liberty and is a favorite of many people.Almost as well-known as the Statue itself are her famous words, ″Give me your weary, your impoverished, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.″ Emma Lazarus was born on July 22, 1849, in New York City, to Emma Lazarus and William Lazarus.Lazarus was the fourth of seven children born to a rich Sephardic Jewish family of Portuguese origin.He was the fourth of seven children.
Her father, Moses, was a prosperous sugar trader who made it a priority to ensure that his children had the greatest education possible.Lazarus and her siblings had private tutoring and were exposed to a variety of languages, including German, French, and Italian, as well as other dialects.Lazarus excelled in academics, and by the time she was seventeen, she had already produced a volume of poems, Poems and Translations: Written Between the Ages of Fourteen and Sixteen, which was published by the University of California Press in 2010.Her father was one of her most ardent supporters, and he made the decision to print her collection of poems for ″exclusive private distribution.″ Within a short period of time, Lazarus made the decision to send a copy of her first book to the famous writer Ralph Waldo Emerson in the United States.
In a short period of time, Emerson had established himself as her mentor, and when she produced her next book of poetry in 1871, she dedicated the major piece to ″My Friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson.″ This collection of poems, Admetus and Other Poems, has garnered a lot of positive feedback.Lazarus’s first and only novel, Alide: An Episode in Goethe’s Life, was released three years later and was based on the autobiography of the German writer Goethe.It was her first and only novel.A short tale named ″The Eleventh Hour,″ which appeared in Scribner’s Monthly in 1878, was the only other piece of fiction that Lazarus ever published.She wrote poems in American journals throughout the next decade, including a poem called ″Progress and Poverty″ that was published in the New York Times newspaper in 1881.
- In the same year, she released translat