Estelle and Robert: To Know Him

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Chapter 33 (v.1) - But, He Stinks!

Submitted: July 30, 2019

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"Well, that's good! If he sleeps, he shall do well." Judas pointed out, not realizing Jesus wasn't speaking about taking rest in sleep.

"Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless, let us go unto him."

"Let us also go, that we may die with him," Thomas urged the others, surprisingly brave. In the face of danger itself, perhaps he would buckle, but for now? Bring. it. on. Perhaps if the Jews saw that Jesus was surrounded by them, they'd be less likely to attack Him.

When Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already, many of the Jews from Jerusalem gathering to comfort the sisters in their grief

When Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already, many of the Jews from Jerusalem gathering to comfort the sisters in their grief.

Seeing the stir from the doorstep of their house, Martha stood on her toes to get a better look at what was going on. It had been fairly quiet, at least inside. Outside they wailed, inside they sat silent, good for Mary who remained inside, overwhelmed. When she knew it was Jesus coming she ran to meet Him, "Lord, if only You'd been here, Lazarus had not died!", She wailed, "But I know even now if You ask God He'll give it to You."

"Thy brother shall rise again."

"Yes, I know, Lord. You've told us. We long for the last day when those in the grave will rise, hearing Your voice."

"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"

"Yes! I believe, and I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God which was prophesied should come into the world," Doubt still plagued her

"Yes! I believe, and I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God which was prophesied should come into the world," Doubt still plagued her. Sadly, she turned away, returning for her sister, "The Master is come, and calleth for thee."

As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him, falling at His feet, "Lord, if only You'd come, Lazarus would still be with us."

When Jesus, therefore, saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit and was troubled. "Where have ye laid him?"

"Come and see."

Jesus wept in front of them, insomuch that the Jews even took note, " Look how he loved him! Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?"

Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it."Take ye away the stone."

Martha held back a gag, "Lord, by this time he stinks: for he hath been dead four days."

"Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?"Martha's eyes widened, nodding to obey, and they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.

And Jesus lifted his eyes, and said, "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 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," When He had thus said, He cried loudly, "Lazarus, come forth!"

A shuffling was heard, skipping, hopping. Silence all about, eyes widening as Lazarus obeyed, awkwardly. He was 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."

At that moment, many of those who witnessed believed. How could they not? But yet, others hurried away to retell the tale to the Pharisees.

How could they not? But yet, others hurried away to retell the tale to the Pharisees

The Pharisees were less pleased then the swine herdsmen. A human's life didn't mean much, especially if it was someone who believed Jesus was the Messiah. A council was hurriedly drawn, "What can we do about this? He does many miracles. If we leave Him be, everyone will believe in Him and the Romans will take away our name and nation from among men!"

No one spoke, deep in thought until Caiaphas, the high priest that years voice broke the silence, "It's better that one man should die for the people, that this doesn't happen."Then from that day forth they took counsel together to put him to death.

 


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