Lazarus got sick and was about to die so the sisters sent for Jesus to come make the sickness go away so Lazarus wouldn’t die, but Jesus waited until Lazarus was dead and then went to them. Jesus followers said, We can’t go back there, they are trying to kill you. But when Jesus went anyway, they went with Jesus saying, Then we will go too and die with Him.
When Jesus got there, Lazarus had already been buried for four days. Martha came out to see Jesus and said, If you had been here, Lord, my brother wouldn’t have died. Jesus hugged her and patted her and said, He will get up again. Martha said, I know he will rise again when they all get up from being dead.
When Mary got to Jesus she said, Lord, if you had been here my brother wouldn’t have died. Jesus cried too. Then they went to the grave. It was a cave with a big stone rolled in front of it. Jesus told them, Take the stone away. Martha said, Lord, by now he stinks real bad. He’s been dead four days. Jesus said, Didn’t I tell you that if you believe you will see the power of God. So they took the stone from the mouth of the cave.
One top leader said, It is better for one man to die for the people, than that we lose the whole country. And Jesus was going to die not just for their country but to gather together into one family all the children of God that were scattered everywhere. So Jesus didn’t walk around where the leaders were anymore but went out into the wild places with His followers.
Six days before time for the big party to celebrate God bringing them out of being slaves in Egypt, Jesus went to Mary and Martha’s town where He raised Lazarus from being dead. They made a special supper for Him there and one woman who had done lots of bad stuff brought some very nice perfumed oil that cost lost of money and poured in on Jesus feet.
One of Jesus’ followers said, We should have taken that perfume and sold it and given the money to the poor. But the man just wanted to sell it and take the money for himself. Jesus said, Don’t bother her. She did a good thing for Me. You always have the poor people here with you and you can do good things for them all the time; but I won’t always be here with you.
So Jesus took off His coat and kneeled down with a pan of water and washed His follower’s feet. When it was Peter’s turn Peter said, You will never wash my feet. But Jesus said, If I don’t wash you, you can’t be mine. Then Peter said, Then wash every part of me. Jesus said, You have been all washed because you believe in Me, only your feet get dirty now.
Jesus told them, Don’t let your heart be upset. You believe in God, believe in Me too. In My Father’s house are many big houses and I’m going there to get them ready for you to come and live there with Me. One follower called Thomas said, We don’t know where You are going. How can we know to get there?
A follower called Phillip said, Show us the Father. Jesus said to Him, Do you believe that I am in the Father and the Father in Me? The words I tell you are not Mine but from the Father. If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. My Father who lives in Me does all these works. The ones who believe on Me will do bigger stuff than this.