AC 9231. Notice how he puts it: this was "the village of Mary and her sister Martha." Here the discourse and the unfolding narrative of the sign are intertwined through John 11:1 … The Village of Bethany was close to Jerusalem, and about 20 miles or so from Perea where Jesus was teaching when He received the message that Lazarus was ill. John does not recount a verbal response by Jesus to Mary, but tells us that “when Jesus saw Mary weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved” (11:33).Then, after asking where Lazarus is laid, Jesus himself begins to weep (11:34-35). Thoughts on the Gospel – The Death of Lazarus – John 11:1-45 – Summary and Meaning. John 11:1-44 - Bible Study: Verse 1: "Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha." (John 11:1-4 RSV) In those opening words, John is giving us certain suggestive insights into the nature of this family of Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus. Jesus certainly loved Lazarus and his two sisters and was often a visitor to their home in Bethany. If a true “friend loves all the time”, then why did Jesus procrastinate when he knew that his friend was seriously ill? John 1:11, KJV: "He came unto his own, and his own received him not." John 1:11, NASB: "He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him." John 1:11, ESV: "He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him." John has often put together a sign - a miracle - and a theological discourse explaining the meaning of that sign. John 11:1. λάζαρος, Lazarus) It may be inferred from many circumstances that Lazarus was the younger, and his sisters the older by birth. He is author of more than 50 books , including Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist and most recently Providence . John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. 3. It is from these latter that the village is designated; John 11:1, “The town of Mary and her sister Martha:” and Lazarus is put third in the order of names, John 11:5. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. John 1:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 1:11, NIV: "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him." The Feeding of the 5000 along with the Discourse on the Bread of Life in chapter 6 is one clear example. Lectionary Reflections April 10, 2011 John 11:1-45 Fifth Sunday in Lent Until recently, I have seen this story of the raising of Lazarus as an inaccessible and, in some respects, unappealing story. The reason why the poor man in the parable, (Luke 16:19, 20, 21) is called Lazarus, was from the Lazarus who was raised up by the lord, of whom it is said, that the lord loved him, John 11:1,2,3,36; and that he was his friend, verse 11; and that he sat with the lord at table, John 12:2.