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Jesus had some close friends; Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. He often visited in their home.
One day Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was sick, but He didn't go to them right away. He waited and during that time Lazarus died.
When Jesus finally decided to go to Bethany, Lazarus had been dead for four days. Martha heard that Jesus was coming and she ran out of the house to meet him. He was at the edge of the town, but had not entered it yet. She said that if Jesus had been there, Lazarus would not have died.
Jesus said, "Your brother will rise again." Martha thought he was speaking of the resurrection at the end of time. She didn't seem to understand that Jesus was talking about a time very soon.
Jesus talked to her about the resurrection and asked her if she believed. She said, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who was to come into the world."
Martha went to get her sister, Mary, who came and fell at Jesus' feet. She said the same thing that Martha had said, "If you had been here he would not have died."
When Jesus saw them crying, he also cried with them.
They went to the place where Lazarus had been buried. It was a cave with a stone over the opening. Jesus told them to take away the stone.
Then he prayed to God and said, "Lazarus, come out!", and from the cave Lazarus came walking out. He was wrapped up with strips of linen and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."
Mary and Martha and their friends were so happy. Lazarus was alive and back with them again! After this, many of the Jews believed on Jesus.
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El Levantamiento de Lázaro
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What does this story
mean to me?
Mary and Martha each said that if Jesus had been there, their brother would not have died. Do you think they were surprised and amazed when Jesus made Lazarus alive again? It seems they had not even thought of such a thing happening. Martha was reluctant to even open up the tomb. But Jesus is amazing!
Jesus can do even more than you might think possible. He has greater plans for you than you can even imagine. Let him guide your thoughts and actions and prepare to be amazed!
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
John 11:25 (NKJV)
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1.Why did Martha send for Jesus?
2. How long had Lazarus been dead when Jesus went to Bethany?
3. Where was Jesus when Martha met him?
4.What did Jesus and Martha talk about?
5. What did Martha believe about Jesus?
6. Mary and Martha both said the same thing to Jesus. What did they say?
7. How did Lazarus look when he came out of the tomb?
8. Why did many of the Jews now believe in Jesus?
You can read about the raising of Lazarus from the dead in the Bible in
Multiple Choice Test
Raising of Lazarus - Word Search
Raising of Lazarus - Print Crossword Puzzle
Raising of Lazarus - Word Scramble
John 11:25-27 Fill-in the Blanks
Miracle Memory Hooks
Get Up Lazarus!
By Concordia Publishing House
For more than 35 years, the best-selling Arch Book Bible story series has captivated children. This book is the story of a man who died and lived again because of God's love. A complete Bible story in a fun-to-read way children can understand and remember. Softcover from Concordia. Recommmended for ages 5-9.
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Most Recent Comments ( See more comments on this page ) 2009-04-05
Thank you for the wonderful and well done puzzles and story. Next Saturday is Lazarus Saturday in the Orthodox Church and this lesson will be taught today.
Amy L Dooley
I thank you for thie story about Lazarus. I need to tell this story to 5 & 6 year olds and I needed a simple story. Thanks also for the questions. You have certainly made my job easier.
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