The raising of Lazarus from the dead was certainly one of Jesus’ greatest and most memorable miracles, the seventh of eight signs in the Gospel of John. The signs were specifically to designate Jesus as divine, the Christ of God, the fullness of God personified.
Mary and Martha were Lazarus’ sisters, and they welcomed the Lord into their home more than once. When in Bethany, about two miles outside of Jerusalem, Jesus stayed with them. John chapter eleven clearly show the love and affection shared between Lazarus, his sisters and Jesus, and gives the detailed account of Lazarus’ resurrection.
“Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, ‘Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick. ’” By the time Jesus received this news, He said to His disciples, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” However, though Jesus knew Lazarus was ill, He stayed for two more days before taking action. He announced to His disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” But they answered, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?” Then Jesus made a statement, euphemizing Lazarus’ condition. “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” His disciples didn’t get it. They thought that He was speaking about actually sleeping. “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” But Jesus spoke of his death, and frankly said to them, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”
When Jesus arrived, Lazarus had now been entombed for four days. When Martha heard that Jesus was near, she went out to meet Him, leaving Mary at their house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, 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 said, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Then Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”Martha answered, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Martha returned home and told Mary, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” Mary hurriedly went out to the place where Martha had met Him. When she saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Jesus saw her tears, and those who were with her. He asked where the location of the tomb was, and followed the people to the cave where Lazarus’ body was. There was a stone covering the opening, and Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha said, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
Then they took away the stone from the place where Lazarus was lying. Jesus prayed, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Then He spoke with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And Lazarus came out of the cave, still wrapped with burial cloths, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus directed them to remove the cloths, and Lazarus stood there, alive again. Many people believed when they saw Jesus bring Lazarus back from death. But others went and told the chief priests and the Pharisees. From that day on, they conspired to put Him to death. So Jesus no longer walked openly among the people, but went to Ephraim near the wilderness, and stayed there with His disciples.