This was the last straw for Jesus’ enemies. They really couldn’t argue with someone who could raise the dead, so they would seek His death.

Scripture: John 11:38-52

ESV Text: John 11:38-52


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 11
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 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. 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. 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.

     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. 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 206:
Jesus Christ My Sure Defense

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1. Jesus Christ, my sure Defense 
And my Savior, ever Liveth; 
Knowing this, my confidence 
Rests upon the hope it giveth 
Though the night of death be fraught 
Still with many an anxious thought. 

2. Jesus, my Redeemer, lives; 
I, too, unto life shall waken. 
Endless joy my Savior gives; 
Shall my courage, then, be shaken? 
Shall I fear, or could the Head 
Rise and leave His members dead? 

3. Nay, too closely am I bound 
Unto Him by hope forever; 
Faith’s strong hand the Rock hath found, 
Grasped it, and will leave it never; 
Even death now cannot part 
From its Lord the trusting heart. 

4. I am flesh and must return 
Unto dust, whence I am taken; 
But by faith I now discern 
That from death I shall awaken 
With my Savior to abide 
In His glory, at His side. 

5. Glorified, I shall anew 
With this flesh then be enshrouded; 
In this body I shall view 
God, my Lord, with eyes unclouded; 
In this flesh I then shall see 
Jesus Christ eternally. 

6. Then these eyes my Lord shall know, 
My Redeemer and my Brother; 
In His love my soul shall glow,– 
I myself, and not another! 
Then the weakness I feel here 
Shall forever disappear. 

7. They who sorrow here and moan 
There in gladness shall be reigning; 
Earthly here the seed is sown, 
There immortal life attaining. 
Here our sinful bodies die, 
Glorified to dwell on high. 

8. Then take comfort and rejoice, 
For His members Christ will cherish. 
Fear not, they will hear His voice; 
Dying, they shall never perish; 
For the very grave is stirred 
When the trumpet’s blast is heard. 

9. Laugh to scorn the gloomy grave 
And at death no longer tremble; 
He, the Lord, who came to save 
Will at last His own assemble. 
They will go their Lord to meet, 
Treading death beneath their feet. 

10. Oh, then, draw away your hearts 
Now from pleasures base and hollow. 
There to share what He imparts, 
Here His footsteps ye must follow. 
Fix your hearts beyond the skies, 
Whether ye yourselves would rise. 


Martha’s confidence was in Christ and in the resurrection at the Last Day. Mary too believed Jesus had power over death (v. 32), and He does.

Scripture: John 11:17-37

ESV Text: John 11:17-37


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 11

     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. 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? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. 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. 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, 34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept. 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?(KJV)


Hymn: WS 733:
This Joyful Eastertide

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