Jesus Brings Lazarus Back to Life


Chapter 43
Lazarus

A man named Lazarus lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters, and they loved Jesus very much. John 11:1–2, 5

Lazarus was sick

Lazarus became very sick while the Savior was teaching in another town. Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was sick. John 11:3

Some people didn't want Jesus to go to Bethany

The Savior asked His disciples to go with Him to help Lazarus. The disciples were afraid to go to Bethany. It was near Jerusalem, and some of the people there wanted to kill Jesus. The disciples did not want Him to go near Jerusalem again. John 11:6–8, 18

But Lazarus was dead

Jesus told His disciples that Lazarus was dead and that He would bring him back to life. His miracle would help the disciples know that He was the Savior. Jesus went to Bethany. Lazarus had been dead for four days. John 11:11–17, 19

Jesus said Lazarus would live again

When Jesus came, Martha told Him that Lazarus would not have died if He had been there. Jesus told Martha that Lazarus would live again and asked Martha if she believed Him. Martha said yes. She knew that Jesus was the Savior. John 11:20–27

Jesus loved Lazarus

Then Martha left Jesus to get her sister, Mary. Mary went to meet Jesus, too. Many people went with her. She knelt, crying, at the Savior’s feet. The people with her were also crying. Jesus cried. The people knew that He loved Lazarus very much. John 11:28–36

Jesus said to move the stone in front of Lazarus' tomb

Jesus went to the cave where Lazarus was buried. There was a stone in front of it, and He told the people to move the stone. John 11:38–39

Jesus prayed to Heavenly Father

Looking up, He thanked Heavenly Father for hearing His prayers. Jesus asked Heavenly Father to help the people believe that He was the Savior. John 11:41–42

Lazarus came out of the tomb

Then, in a loud voice, Jesus told Lazarus to come out of the cave. Lazarus, alive again, came out. The people saw the miracle, and many knew that Jesus was the Savior. John 11:43–45

[illustrations] Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett