Lazarus was very sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha, sent a message to Jesus, hoping he would be able to help. “Master, the one you love is ill.” After hearing the message, Jesus gave a reply. “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” As much as Jesus loved his friends, he remained where he was for two more days. Then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” This decision worried the disciples. “Rabbi,” they said, “the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?”
Jesus was not worried about the possible danger. “Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him.” One of the disciples said, “Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved.”
Jesus had to be more direct with his friends. “Lazarus has died. And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him.” When Jesus and his disciples were a short distance from Bethany, the home of Lazarus, Martha came out to meet him. “Lord,” she said, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”
Jesus looked at Martha and said, “Your brother will rise.” Martha nodded and said, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”
“I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus told her. “Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord,” Martha answered, “I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” Then Martha returned home to tell Mary that Jesus was coming.
When Mary saw Jesus, she started crying and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
“Where have you laid him?” Jesus was brought to the site of the tomb where Lazarus had been buried for almost four days. “Take away the stone. ”
Jesus commanded. After the stone door was removed, Jesus prayed and called out, “Lazarus, come out!” Lazarus came out alive, still wrapped in his burial garments. “Untie him and let him go,” Jesus said.
READ MORE ABOUT IT:
1. What message did Jesus receive?
2. What did Jesus do before he called out to Lazarus?
The story of the life of Jesus from his entry into Jerusalem to the Last Supper to his death and resurrection are called The Passion, based on the Latin word for suffering. All four Gospels contain an account of the Passion.
The 44-day period leading up to Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday, is called Lent, a time of prayer and fasting and remembering that Jesus died for our sins. We celebrate his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and his resurrection on Easter, the most important holy day of the church year.
Over the centuries many artists have drawn, painted or sculpted some of the key events of the Passion. Most churches have at least some artistic representation of the Passion in the form of what we now call the Stations of the Cross.
Abraham Kidunaia was born in Mesopotamia sometime in the sixth century. His parents were very prominent members of the city, and they were very wealthy.
Following a custom of the time, Abraham’s parents selected a young woman to be his bride. Abraham did not want to offend his parents, but he had planned to lead a life as a single man. On the day before his wedding, Abraham ran away and hid in the desert. When he was finally found, he was kneeling in prayer. His parents did not force him to marry, but Abraham lived for many years in a very small cell as a hermit.
When his parents died, he gave their fortune away to people in need. He eventually became a priest.
With his persistence and faith, he was able to convert an entire colony of people who worshiped idols. We honor him on March 16.