“Your friend, Lazarus, is sick,” the messenger told Jesus. The expectation of Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, was that Jesus would want to be with Lazarus, whom He loved. But, rather than returning to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, Jesus chose to remain in the area where He was, so that His Father, in Heaven would receive glory from the event that would happen. After a few days, Jesus said to His disciples, “Lazarus is dead, let’s go to him. What you will witness will strengthen your faith.” As Jesus neared Bethany, Martha came out to meet Him. She simply said what was in her heart, “If you had been here, he would not have died.” With compassion, Jesus replied, “He will rise!” Just to be in the presence of Jesus was reassuring to Martha. Her sister, Mary, should share in this moment; so, she went to get Mary. When Mary met Jesus, she was weeping; and without giving thought to what she was saying, the words that come out of her mouth were the same as what her sister had said, “If you had been here, he would not have died.” Jesus saw Mary, Martha and many Jews weeping and His heart was moved with compassion. He wept. Then He asked where they had laid Lazarus. Approaching the tomb, Jesus said, “Roll the stone away!” Not anticipating what was about to happen, Martha said, “But, he’s been there four days. By this time there will be a bad odor.” “Remember,” Jesus said, “You will see the glory of God.” At the request of Jesus, the stone was removed. Then Jesus looked up and offered a prayer to His Father. Then in a loud voice he said, “Lazarus, come out!” And, out came Lazarus, wrapped in strips of linen with a cloth around his face. “Unwrap the grave clothing,” Jesus said. Lazarus had new life.