ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 432


only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I
know that God will give you whatever you ask.”
Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”
“Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.”
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes
in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in
me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
“Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah,
the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” Then
she returned to Mary. She called Mary aside from the mourners and told
her, “The Teacher is here and wants to see you.” So Mary immediately
went to him.
Jesus had stayed outside the village, at the place where Martha met him.
When the people who were at the house consoling Mary saw her leave so
hastily, they assumed she was going to Lazarus’s grave to weep. So they followed her there. When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and
said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her,
a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. “Where
have you put him?” he asked them.
They told him, “Lord, come and see.” Then Jesus wept. The people who
were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” But some said,
“This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?”
Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled
across its entrance. “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.
But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead
for four days. The smell will be terrible.”
Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you
believe?” So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven
and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said
it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will
believe you sent me.” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the
dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face
wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”
Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw
this happen. But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus
had done. Then the leading priests and Pharisees called the high council
together. “What are we going to do?” they asked each other. “This man
certainly performs many miraculous signs. If we allow him to go on like
this, soon everyone will believe in him. Then the Roman army will come
and destroy both our Temple and our nation.”

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