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(John 11:1,2) Now a certain man was sick [Greek: to be feeble (in any sense)], named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary [who was converted, born-again, saved, imputed for righteousness (Rom 4:11,22-24; 5:13; James 2:23)]which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Mary = Hebrew: rebellious /// bitterness, i.e. (fig.) rebellion; concordance: bitter, or rebellious:--bitter, (most) rebel (-ion, -lious). (Luke 10:41,42) And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful [full of cares] and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part [of the whole], which shall not be taken away from her. (John 12:3) Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. (John 11:3-6) Therefore his sisters sent [a messenger] unto him [Jesus], saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death [will not end in death NIV], but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Commentary: his sisters sent (a messenger) unto him (Jesus) = employing textual foresight (John 11:17), we know that this is occurring the same day that Lazarus died, perhaps right after the messenger hurriedly departed from the sisters to Jesus. Commentary: that the Son of God might be glorified thereby = The act of raising Lazarus from the dead exceedingly dramatized and thereby exceedingly magnified the miraculous power of the glory of God on earth as it is manifested through His Son Jesus Christ much much more than the relatively normal healing of a sick man would have impacted the people (Jesus greatly condensed the timing.). Thus, Jesus waited for undeniable irrefutable death to take its course, as witnessed to and verified by Martha who said of her brother Lord, by this time he stinks: for he hath been dead four days (John 11:39). This was the fourth day of bodily decomposition accompanied by the odor of certain death smelled by all.

(John 11:7-10) Then after that said he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day [with the way illuminated by the guiding light of the knowledge of Gods will], he stumbles not, because he sees the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night [in the absence of the guiding light of Gods will], he stumbles, because there is no light in him. (John 8:12) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Commentary: a person who walks within or upon the path of Gods will (the light), a person who keeps his focus on Jesus Christ (the light) as did Peter while walking on the water, will not stumble for he will be enabled by the light to see the chaotic disordered rocks of deadly sin strewn about him. But if a man walks without the light of Jesus Christ which dwells within him, making that man not only a lantern of light (for himself) but also a beacon-lighthouse of light (for others), he will walk gropingly through the darkness of this world, and stumble upon sin, and fall and die. (John 11:11-16) These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth [Greek: slumbers] ; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. Then said Thomas [Chaldean: twin], which is called Didymus [Greek: twin], unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him [indicating loyalty but also unbelief]. Euphemism = Dictionary: the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for a harsh or blunt one. (John 11:17) Then when Jesus came [to Bethany], he found that he [Lazarus] had lain in the grave four days already. Commentary: the messenger traveled one day from Bethany to notify Jesus; Jesus abode two days still in the same place where he was; Jesus and His disciples left where they were and traveled one day to Bethany, equaling four days altogether. Thus, Lazarus was already dead when the messenger delivered his message to Jesus. (John 11:18-20) Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off [about 2 miles]: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha [a woman of action], as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary [a woman of quiet reflection] sat still in the house. (John 11:21-29) Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus said unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha said unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She said

unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. (John 11:30-32) Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goes unto the grave to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou had been here, my brother had not died. (John 11:33-37) When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled [by their unbelief, which caused them sorrow in this life and irrevocable death (eternal separation from God) in the next], And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? (John 11:38-42) Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone [indicating hardness of heart] lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said unto him, Lord, by this time he stinks: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus said unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if you would believe, you should see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.


(John 11:43-46) And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand [his work was confined by the opposing beliefs of the world] and foot [his walk was confined by the opposing beliefs of the world] with grave clothes [bound, wrapped and tied up with the opposing thoughts and conventions of this world; the opposing beliefs of this world system that seek to kill us, to keep us still and silent for all eternity]: and his face was bound about with a napkin [the worlds napkin; Lazarus was prevented, prohibited, not permitted, to see nor speak

spiritual things]. Jesus said unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. Commentary: we have been loosed from the world by Jesus Christ; we just dont know it, but we are coming into the knowledge of that fact, i.e., we are coming into the glory of God. Amen.