Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.
We arrived in Bethany, and Jesus asked a man that was passing by about Lazarus.
“He’s been in the tomb for four days now.”
Thomas looked around nervously. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. If Jesus were seen, word would get back to Jesus’ enemies that he was back.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him at the edge of town, but Mary stayed at home. Someone had to stay with the guests.
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
A polite, indirect request.
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Smiling, Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Jesus asked her to go back and send Mary to him. Martha called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.”
When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.
We were still outside of town. Peter spotted her running up…with a crowd of people.
“So much for not drawing attention,” Thomas muttered.
Matthew came to her defense, and said, “When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.”
Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him. She fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Jesus saw her weeping, then looking at the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
“Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
Jesus wept. Tears were streaming down his face.
The Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Overhearing that, John glared at them.