Mary, Martha and Lazarus took a nap.

The next morning Jesus took an opportunity to talk to James and Jude, his half-brothers.    After performing his first miracle- turning water into wine at a family wedding, the half- brothers had been cold toward Jesus.  Walking down the road, arm in arm, laughing the way that brothers do; now Jesus, James and Jude were recalling the fond memories of their youth   A half mile away, but still in sight, they could be seen sitting by the road; Jesus talking, James and Jude nodding.

Jesus was telling them that His Father had a special plan for James and Jude and would they promise to fulfill the duties and responsibilities that God would give them. James and Jude, their hearts filled with love for the Savior, said, “Yes, we will, with the help of God.”

 

Jesus said to the brothers,” I say to you, whatever happens in the near future, you will see me again. Do you believe my words?

Once again James and Jude solemnly nodded their heads.

 

While Jesus and his brothers were down the road, Lazarus was back at the house talking to others.  He was still answering the same question; where had he been the past four days? He gave all the same answer as he had to Peter, James and John.  Lazarus had lingering feelings of love and light and that was all he could remember.  Praising Jesus for bringing him back to life, he continued to call Jesus his Lord and Savior.

 

Jesus walked back to into the house and grabbed a piece of fruit.  He said to Lazarus, “Did you get enough to eat last night?

Lazarus laughed and said, “Did I? Yes, and so did 200 other people.  We had several strangers dropping off all kinds of food last night, saying hello and then leaving.”

Jesus said, “Really? How unusual is that?”

 

Then he heard a chuckle coming from the other side of the room.  Jesus walked over and gave his Mother a hug.  “How are you doing today, Mother?”

“Son that was a wonderful day yesterday. I hope more people left knowing you are the Savior of the World.”

“Mother, that is up to my Father in Heaven, but it was a meaningful day to me as well. Mother, always remember I love you, and I thank my Father for choosing you to be my Mother.

Mary reached up and hugged her Son, tears in her eyes, she said, “Thank you, Jesus for saying that.  You are my Lord and Savior. I thank God every day for His blessings.”

 Jesus looked at her and said, “Good. The day is coming, Mother, when I will leave, but I will return again. Remember that when all seems unknown.”

Mary looked at her Son, with a question on her lips, but Jesus looked at her intently, “Just remember what I told you.”

 

Martha glanced at Mary Magdalene and said,” I know you are tired, but could I trouble you to ask Mother Mary’s friends just to stay one hour and help up pick up the house?”

 

“Absolutely.  You sit right down and your house will be clean before we leave.”

 

The friends of Mother Mary left the house spotless while their dear exhausted friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus took a nap.

Caiaphas, the High Priest and his friends

Lazarus wrapped his arms around Jesus and whispered something in his ear. Jesus smiled.

Scanning the crowd for his sisters, Lazarus turned and seeing them, he yelled, “Martha!  Is there anything to eat in the house for me and my friends?”

 

Martha cupped her hands and yelled back, “We shall roast our best lambs! Everyone, please come back to the house for a celebration, for Jesus had brought Lazarus, my brother back to life!”

 

At the point, the crowd let out all their emotions; cheered and yelled, raising their arms in the air, dancing in circles, and letting all the tension in their bodies leave.

Singing all together hymns of hallelujahs, the crowd quickly moved back to the house for a feast instead of a wake.

 

The people seemed to know that Lazarus and Jesus would want some time together before greeting the guests. Still standing outside the tomb was Jesus and Lazarus.   Some distance away were the disciples talking among themselves, but yet everyone was watching the two of them out of their eye.   

 

 Farther away were small groups of friends of Jesus, friends of Lazarus, friends of the disciples; but everyone was talking, but  still watching Jesus and Lazarus. The groups were responding to their reaction of seeing a man dead for four days and brought back to life and complete health. Did you see this? Did you hear that? Could you believe when he sang? Was it James and Jude who rolled away the stone?  It was astonishing to everyone who had just witnessed the greatest miracles of their lifetime.

 

Watching Jesus and Lazarus walk down the road away from the house, Jesus stopped, turned and put both his hands on both of the shoulders of Lazarus.  Reversing their direction, they walked back up the road, past their friends, and right back to the house.

 

Standing back and people watching, Caiaphas, the High Priest and his friends, sick to their stomachs walked in the other direction, back to Jerusalem.

What did James and Jude say to Jesus?

ImageJesus said,” What is happening to make you walk all the way from Jerusalem?”

James replied,” Mother and Mary, the sister of Lazarus sent us.  Lazarus asked for you and then lost consciousness.  They want you to come right away.”

Jesus said, “Anything else?”

Jude smiled at James and said, “You see, He knows.”

 

“Jesus, James and I had a long talk on our walk here.  We are very sorry that we did not accept the fact at the family wedding that you are the Messiah.  It was as if we knew, but we just refused to worship you, as our Lord and Savior.  We are very sorry for being your very stupid brothers.” 

 

James said,” The Savior of the World has to be somebody’s brother; might as well be ours.”

 

Jesus laughed and said, “Well if the Son of Man has to have brothers, might as well be you two!

 

James and Jude looked at each other with relief. Jude said,” Then will you forgive us for being stupid?”

 

“And not telling Mother and Father we knew you were at the temple in Jerusalem all the time they were looking for you?” James asked.

 

Jesus laughed. “Yes, of course I will forgive you, and I have taken care of you in more ways than one since you were born.  My Father in Heaven knows all, and He told me that you would be talking to me today.  My Father has plans for both of you, but I cannot speak of it today.  I have people to see here in Upper Galilee, and then the disciples and then I will hurray to Bethany.”

 

James said, “But Jesus, Mary was adamant that you come right away.  Lazarus begged for you and then lost consciousness.  I have never seen her so anxious.”

 

“My Father in heaven knows all.  He told me that the Glory and Power of the Messiah will be shown in Bethany.  I need to see people here, and then I will hurry to Bethany. Why don’t you go to the house of Lazarus and see if you can be of any help and assure them I am on my way?”

 

Jude said, “We can do that.  If Martha is cooking, then we will gladly stay and help out. So shall we tell her you will be there soon?”

Jesus looked at James and Jude and said, “Tell them I am coming to Bethany and say nothing more.”

 

Jude said to James, “Ok, we are on our way to Bethany.”

 

Before leaving, they knelt on the ground before Jesus, but Jesus said,” James and Jude, you are forgiven. I love you and know you accept me as your Lord and Savior.  As this time, don’t talk about it except to family members who also know.  Soon, you will understand these instructions.”

What happened when Jesus told Lazarus to COME OUT!!

The disciples stood up while Lazarus was getting hung upon the rock with the strips of cloth. Jesus had a big smile on his face and said to James and John, “Go over help Lazarus; unwrap him so he can walk out of there.”

All of a sudden, relieved laughter broke out from the disciples, as they watched James and John.

 Mary and Martha had run over and said to James and John, “move it -you two; let the sisters take over.”

Peter had run over to Lazarus with his canteen of water.

 

 Lazarus drank all the water, raised his arms high in the air and sang loudly, “Hallelujah,” in the beloved melody for Sabbath worship at the temple.

At that, all the people stood up and responded to Lazarus. Singing the phrase loudly back to Lazarus; the disciples, the sisters, the Marys and Jesus lifted their arms heavenward.

 

  Lazarus took two steps forward and sang, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (KJV)

Lazarus was often the cantor at the worship service, and he was chanting his part of the weekly service.  The people standing all knew the responses to the phrases that Lazarus sang.

Smiling and singing loudly with their heart filled with love for God the Father, the crowd sang the next phrase back to Lazarus, “Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. (NIV)

Lazarus walked up and pointing to Jesus with both of his arms, turned and sang to the crowd,” And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee, “(KJV)

 The crowd lifted their arms and sang loudly,” The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer” (KJV).

 

Lazarus wrapped his arms around Jesus and whispered something in his ear. Jesus smiled.

Scanning the crowd for his sisters, Lazarus turned and seeing them, he yelled, “Martha!  Is there anything to eat in the house for me and my friends?”

 

Martha cupped her hands and yelled back, “We shall roast our best lambs! Everyone, please come back to the house for a celebration, for Jesus had brought Lazarus, my brother back to life!”

 

At the point, the crowd let out all their emotions; cheered and yelled, raising their arms in the air, dancing in circles, and letting all the tension in their bodies leave.

Singing all together hymns of hallelujahs, the crowd  quickly moved back to the house for a feast instead of a wake.

 

The people seemed to know that Lazarus and Jesus would want some time together before greeting the guests. Still standing outside the tomb was Jesus and Lazarus.   Some distance away were the disciples talking among themselves, but yet everyone was watching the two of them out of their eye.   

 

 Farther away were small groups of friends of Jesus, friends of Lazarus, friends of the disciples; but everyone was talking, but  still watching Jesus and Lazarus. The groups were responding to their reaction of seeing a man dead for four days and brought back to life and complete health. Did you see this? Did you hear that? Could you believe when he sang? Was it James and Jude who rolled away the stone?  It was astonishing to everyone who had just witnessed the greatest miracles of their lifetime.