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Jesus' friend Lazarus

Jesus delays getting to Lazarus, Mary and Martha.
Contributed by YO! Ministry
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Just a short distance outside Jerusalem, in a village called Bethany, lived a family of siblings that welcomed Jesus. Their names were Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Jesus deeply loved each member of this family. – Slide 1
The family opened their home to Jesus and the disciples. Martha worked hard in preparations while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and attentively listened to Him (Luke 10:38-41). Once, Mary anointed His feet with oil. – Slide 2
After Jesus left their home, Mary and Martha’s brother Lazarus became gravely ill. Mary and Martha knew Jesus could heal Lazarus. They decided to send someone to find Jesus and ask for His help. – Slide 3
When Jesus got the message about Lazarus’ illness He said, This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.’ – Slide 4
Jesus loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus very much. One would think that He would have rushed off to help immediately. But God had greater plans. So Jesus stayed where He was until the proper time to go. – Slide 5
After two days He told His disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples knew that going to help Lazarus in Judea was very dangerous. They knew that Jesus’ enemies were waiting near by in Jerusalem to take His life. – Slide 6
Jesus said, ‘Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.’ Thomas said to his fellow disciples, ‘Let us also go, so that we may die with Jesus.’ – Slide 7
Off they went back to Mary, Martha and Lazarus’ home (Bethany) close to the city where Jesus’ enemies were hoping to put Him to death. At this time Lazarus had been buried in the tomb for four days. – Slide 8
When they got to Bethany many Jews from Jerusalem were there also. Martha met Jesus and said ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.’ Jesus said to Martha ‘Your brother will rise again.’ – Slide 9
Martha said, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.’ – Slide 10
When Mary came to Jesus she fell at His feet. ‘Lord if You had been here, my brother would not have died,’ she cried. When Jesus saw her along with others weeping He was deeply moved. Jesus wept. – Slide 11
At Lazarus’ tomb. Jesus raised His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me, I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.’ – Slide 12
Then Jesus yelled ‘Lazarus, come out.’ The man who had died came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’ – Slide 13
Many of the Jews who came to comfort Mary and Martha because of the death of their brother were now rejoicing with them that Lazarus was alive. They believed in Jesus. Some did not believe. – Slide 14
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