Saturday, March 27, 2021
Remembrance of the Raising of Lazarus
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
 Wisdom rescued from troubles those who served her.
 When a righteous man fled from his brother’s wrath,
she guided him on straight paths;
she showed him the kingdom of God,
and gave him knowledge of angels;
she prospered him in his labors,
and increased the fruit of his toil.
 When his oppressors were covetous,
she stood by him and made him rich.
 She protected him from his enemies,
and kept him safe from those who lay in wait for him;
in his arduous contest she gave him the victory,
so that he might learn that godliness is more
powerful than anything.
 When a righteous man was sold, wisdom did not desert him,
but delivered him from sin.
She descended with him into the dungeon,
 and when he was in prison she did not leave him,
until she brought him the scepter of a kingdom
and authority over his masters.
Those who accused him she showed to be false,
and she gave him everlasting honor.
 A holy people and blameless race
wisdom delivered from a nation of oppressors.
 She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord,
and withstood dread kings with wonders and signs.
 She gave holy men the reward of their labors;
she guided them along a marvelous way,
and became a shelter to them by day,
and a starry flame through the night.
 She brought them over the Red Sea,
and led them through deep waters;
 but she drowned their enemies,
and cast them up from the depth of the sea.
 Therefore the righteous plundered the ungodly;
they sang hymns, O Lord, to thy holy name,
and praised with one accord thy defending hand,
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
 But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
 For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep.
 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first;
 then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.
 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
 Now a certain man was ill, Laz’arus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
 It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Laz’arus was ill.
 So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”
 But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness is not unto death; it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it.”
 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Laz’arus.
 So when he heard that he was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
 Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go into Judea again.”
 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were but now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?”
 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any one walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
 But if any one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
 Thus he spoke, and then he said to them, “Our friend Laz’arus has fallen asleep, but I go to awake him out of sleep.”
 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”
 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.
 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Laz’arus is dead;
 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
 Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
 Now when Jesus came, he found that Laz’arus had already been in the tomb four days.
 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,
 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house.
 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
 And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”
 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
 and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”
 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying quietly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”
 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him.
 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.
 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
 Then Mary, when she came where Jesus was and saw him, fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled;
 and he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”
 Jesus wept.
 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb; it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.”
 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
 I knew that thou hearest me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that they may believe that thou didst send me.”
 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Laz’arus, come out.”
 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him;
 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council, and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.
 If we let him go on thus, every one will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation.”
 But one of them, Ca’iaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all;
 you do not understand that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish.”
 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation,
 and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
 So from that day on they took counsel how to put him to death.
 Jesus therefore no longer went about openly among the Jews, but went from there to the country near the wilderness, to a town called E’phraim; and there he stayed with the disciples.
 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
that one may avoid the snares of death.
 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,
but without people a prince is ruined.
 He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
 A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh,
but passion makes the bones rot.
 He who oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is kind to the needy honors him.
 The wicked is overthrown through his evil-doing,
but the righteous finds refuge through his integrity.
 Wisdom abides in the mind of a man of understanding,
but it is not known in the heart of fools.
 Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.
 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.
 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.
 They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?”
 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if any one knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.
 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Laz’arus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
 There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Laz’arus was one of those at table with him.
 Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.
 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said,
 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”
 This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it.
 Jesus said, “Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial.
 The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”
 When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Laz’arus, whom he had raised from the dead.
 So the chief priests planned to put Laz’arus also to death,
 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
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