1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (Lazarus is a multifaceted type in the Isaiah Story. On one hand he represents everyone around us who is dead, meaning those totally asleep who must be awakened. After he is called forth from the grave he represents those who have shaken off the chains of oppression. When the grave clothes are loosed from him (the white shirt and tie uniform) he can see and hear things as they really are. He is also a type for those freed from the bondage of darkness and prison.)
2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. (It’s time to discuss another great mystery from scripture. Our friend Lazarus is none other than John the Beloved! Notice John writes in this verse about himself in this obfuscated way, “he whom thou lovest” and it’s well known that throughout John’s Gospel, Jesus has a special love for John. Here are other references from his gospel which clearly teach that Lazarus is John by referring to both Lazarus and John as “loved” or in other endearing terms. John 11:36; John 21:7, 20; John 12:2; John 20:2; John 13:23; John 19:26.)
4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. (Jesus knew what was coming and he waited for God’s perfect timing.)
7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judæa again.
8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. (Jesus was constantly trying to teach them about the truth and God’s plan of salvation and He used every opportunity to teach His disciples. Look carefully at this metaphor. Our world is divided into day and night. Light and dark. Two ways. Two choices.)
10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. (Meaning those souls with no light stumble. They can’t shake off the traditions and precepts of men.)
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:
19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. (Martha’s understanding is the same as most Mormons today, basic and rote, but at least she believed that much. It’s a foundation from which greater belief can be gained if the person will open their eyes.)
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (Jesus is trying to stretch her paradigm but she is not responding. If she had only asked him questions about what he actually meant, then just think of what He could have taught her.)
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. (To Martha’s credit she did believe this man who stood before her was indeed the Christ. Not many believed that much. Not many will believe the Servant either.)
28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. (When the true sheep hear His voice they will come quickly.)
30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, (Jesus groaned in the spirit because the people just didn’t understand him or the power he held.)
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Jesus wept. (Jesus wept over their ignorance and hardness of heart and blindness of mind. He had no reason to cry over Lazarus because He knew He would raise him from the dead. )
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone door lay upon it. (Now we have at last reached one of the most amazing points in these four chapters. Notice that in a most perfect type of the prison with no light, Lazarus has been laid in a cave of stone, and there is a stone door. This couldn’t get any better. It’s the most incredible unspoken type imaginable given what we have learned about the Father’s plan and the work for those in the prison with no light.)
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. (Taking away the stone is like opening the two leaved gates of the prison in Isa 45:1-2. Also see Isa 55:7; Isa 60:11-12; Isa 61:1. Regarding the prison itself there are many references; Isa 42:7; 2Nep 8:1, 4; Isa 24:22; Isa 5:13; 1Nep 14:3-7; 1Nep 21:9; 2Nep 26:10; Isa 24:17-18; Isa 42:22; Psm 9:5; Job 17:16.)
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. (John spent time in the world of spirits gaining understanding and knowledge, seeing the end from the beginning, just as Alma did when he was taken through the veil (Msh 27:22-31; Alma 36:6-26). John had a special mission to remain on the earth (John 21:22-23) preparing things for the time when God would set his hand again the second time to do His Great and Marvelous Work.)
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. (Notice he is bound and has to be loosed! A perfect type of dropping the traditions of men.)
45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. (We will certainly have these types too, who will run to “the brethren” when the Servant performs such miracles.)
47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
55 ¶And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?
57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.