John Chapter 11

John 11 details how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after Mary (who had anointed Jesus’ feet before) brought news of his illness. In doing this, he caused many people to believe that he was the Christ. However, the Pharisees feared for their positions and so sought to apprehend Jesus.

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Jesus Receives News

The sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, sent a message to Jesus explaining that their brother was deathly ill. When Jesus heard it, he said that the illness would not end in death, but in glory for God and his son. He stayed where he was for another two days before telling his disciples that he was to go back to Judea.

The disciples protested saying that the people of Judea had recently tried to stone him and that it was not safe. However, Jesus responded saying that he would go and wake Lazarus from sleep. The disciples said that rest was good because they did not understand that Jesus meant Lazarus was dead. When Jesus explained to them, the disciples agreed to accompany Jesus to Bethany.

In Bethany

Jesus arrived in Bethany to find that Lazarus had already been dead four days. Many people from Jerusalem had come to comfort Mary and Martha for their loss. When she heard that Jesus was coming, Martha left to meet him. Upon meeting him, Martha said that if he had been there earlier, her brother would not have died. Jesus responded that her brother would rise again. Hearing this, Martha said that she knew he would rise again in the resurrection. Jesus told her that he was the resurrection and through him, those who believed would yet live. When he asked her if she believed him, Martha said that she did and left to tell her sister Mary.

When Martha returned, she went to Mary and told her that Jesus had come. Hearing this, Mary immediately went to meet him. Supposing that she was going to the grave to cry, the people that had come followed her out. Mary met Jesus, and told him that if he had been there, Lazarus would not have died. When Jesus saw her grief, and that of the people who were with her, he asked where Lazarus had been buried.

At the Grave

When Jesus came to the grave of Lazarus, he wept. Seeing this, the people remarked that Jesus had loved him very much. They continued, asking if he could not have kept the man from death. Jesus then ordered that the stone in front of the tomb should be moved. When it had been removed, Jesus said a prayer to God, thanking him for the opportunity to give glory to his name. After he had finished praying, Jesus called for Lazarus to come forth.


After Jesus had called, Lazarus emerged from the tomb, alive and well. And when the people saw it, many of them believed that Jesus was the Christ. However, some went back to the city to tell the Pharisees and chief priests what had transpired.

The Pharisees Conspire

When the Pharisees heard what Jesus had done, they feared for their positions. They believed that if too many people followed him, the Romans would take away their posts and nation. One of them by the name of Caiaphas proclaimed that they knew nothing and would not consider that one man should die for the people to save the nation. The words did not come from Caiaphas himself, but from God, revealing that Jesus would die for the nation. Therefore, from then on, the chief priests sought to put Jesus to death.

Knowing this, Jesus did not walk in Judea anymore but went to Ephraim with his disciples. As the Passover was coming soon, many people went up to Jerusalem. They wondered if Jesus would attend the feast because the Pharisees had decreed that if anyone knew his whereabouts, they should tell the authorities so they might arrest him.

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John Chapter 11 (King James Version)

1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.

8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:

19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

28 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.

29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.

30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.

31 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 goeth unto the grave to weep there.

32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.

34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

37 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?

38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

41 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.

42 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.

43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.

46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.

47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.

48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,

50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.

55 And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.

56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?

57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.

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