When Jesus came, He found that Lazarus had already been buried in the tomb for four days.
Lazarus lived with his two sisters, Mary and Martha, in the town of Bethany. Bethany was only about two miles away from Jerusalem where Jesus was staying with His disciples.
Many of the Jews had also joined the women who were with Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning the death of their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to to meet Him on the way. And Martha said to Jesus:
“Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
“I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day,” she replied.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me, although he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
She said, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Then she left Him and went back secretly to inform her sister Mary.
When her sister gave her the news of Jesus’ arrival, Mary ran out of the house. The people who were comforting her thought that she was going to the tomb to cry there, so they followed her.
When they came to the place where Jesus was, Mary fell down at His feet and complained bitterly:
“Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died!”
When Jesus saw her weeping, and saw all the people who came with her also weeping, He was very perplexed.
He said to them: “Where have you laid him?”
They replied, “Lord, come and see.”
Jesus followed them, groaning within Himself, as they came to the tomb of Lazarus. It was a cave, and a heavy stone had been rolled against the entrance.
Jesus said to the men who were standing, “Take away the stone.”
But Martha, the sister of Lazarus, complained: “Lord, by this time, there is a stench, since he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you’d believe, you’d see the glory of God?”
So, they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.
Then Jesus lifted His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I know that You always hear me, but it’s because of the people who are standing by that I’m saying this; so that they may believe that You have sent Me.”
After He said that, He cried with a loud voice: “Lazarus, come forth!”
And he who had died came out of the tomb, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes, and his face was wrapped with the cloth that was used to embalm him.
And Jesus said to those who were still standing by in shock, “Loose him, and let him go.”