Jesus Brings Lazarus Back to Life


Lazarus, Mary and Martha

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

Jesus wanted to help Lazarus

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

Jesus said Lazarus was sick but would be raised from the 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. John 11:11–17

Martha believed Jesus

Lazarus had been dead for four days. 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 Jesus was the Savior. John 11:17–27

Jesus loved Mary, Martha and 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 He loved Lazarus very much. John 11:28–36

Jesus had people open the tomb of Lazarus

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

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

and raised Lazarus from the dead

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 Jesus was the Savior. John 11:43–45

Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett