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Sharing His Love
Gospel Reading: John 11: 1 – 45
1Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister
2It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair,
whose brother Lazarus was ill. 3So the sisters sent to Him, saying,
“Lord, he whom You love is ill.”
4But when Jesus heard it He said, “This illness does not lead to death.
It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6 When He heard that Lazarus was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was.
7Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8The disciples said to Him,
“Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You and are You going there again?”
9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11After saying these things, He said to them,
“Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”
12The disciples said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”
13Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He meant taking rest in sleep.
14Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died 15and for your sake I am glad that I was not there,
so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
16So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”
17Now when Jesus came, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.
18Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to console them concerning their brother. 20So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went and met Him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
22But even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give you.”
23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
2 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me,
though he die,
yet shall he live 26and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ,
the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private,
“The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to Him.
30Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha
had met Him.
31When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out,
they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
32Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at His feet, saying to Him,
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her also weeping,
He was deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled.
34And he said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus wept. 36So the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
37But some of them said,
“Could not He who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”
38Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave and a stone lay
39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to Him,
“Lord, by this time there will be an odour, for he has been dead four days.”
40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory
41So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said,
“Father, I thank You that You have heard me. 42I knew that You always hear me,
but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that You sent me.”
43When he had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”
44The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips
and his face wrapped with a cloth.
Jesus said to them, “Unbind him and let him go.”
45Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what He did, believed in Him.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
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