Lazarus lived in a town called Bethany, about two miles outside of Jerusalem.

He was the brother of Mary and Martha

The Chief priests wanted Lazarus put to death because many Jews saw him raise from the dead and believed on Jesus.

Jesus was good friends with Lazarus.

In The Bible:

 John 11:43-44 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 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.

Brother Branham Said:

 Now look, when He went away from the house of Lazarus. Lazarus took sick. Jesus knowed it, and He went on, left the home, His friends, just before his sickness. Why? The Father told Him to. He went two or three days out, Lazarus got real sick. They sent for Him. He didn't go back. He went on. Wonder why? Sent again, and He went on. Then He turned; He knowed the time was fulfilled, the vision. He said, "Our friend, Lazarus, is dead. And for your sake, I'm glad I wasn't there."

'Cause they'd been saying, "Oh, Lord, come over and make him well. Come over and make him well." And Jesus wouldn't have went. He just went away.

He said, "For your sake, I'm glad I wasn't there. (But listen.) But I go and awaken him." 54-0718E


Even though Jesus was God, He still lived in human flesh; He was both God and human.

Us humans have friends, we get hungry, sleepy, happy, and sometimes we get sad. Jesus felt all of those things, just like you and me.

One day, Jesus' really good friend, Lazarus, got really sick. He was so sick they thought he was going to die! Lazarus' two sisters, Mary and Martha got really scared, and sent for Jesus right away.

When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, He didn't go right to His friend. He stayed right where He was and let His good friend, Lazarus, die. Jesus knew that Lazarus had to die so that He could show the power of God to raise him back up!

Lazarus was also a good friend to the disciples, so they all got really sad when he died. They all made the short trip to the town of Bethany, where Lazarus was buried.

First, Martha came running to Jesus, then came Mary, her sister. They both knew that if Jesus would have been there, their brother would not have died, but they didn’t yet know just how powerful Jesus was!

They brought Jesus to the grave where they had laid Lazarus four days earlier. It was such a sad time that even Jesus cried. Then things started to change. Jesus was about to prove that He was God on earth!

Jesus commanded the people to take away the stone from Lazarus' grave. He straightened His shoulders back and cried out with a loud, powerful Voice, "Lazarus, come forth."

Can you imagine what everyone must have thought when a man who had been dead for four days, got up and walked out of his grave? How could a Man who just finished weeping for His friend speak the Word and bring him back to life? He was God in human flesh proving His power!

The same Jesus Who rose Lazarus from the grave is still here today ready to listen if you ever want to talk to Him. He is your Friend and ready to help you if you ever need Him. The only thing that He asks of you is that you believe in Him, and believe His Word!

DID YOU KNOW? Jesus had to use the name of "Lazarus" when He said "Lazarus, come forth"? Brother Branham said that if He wouldn't have said that name, every single person would have had to come out of their graves. It would have been the resurrection!