The story is recorded in the Gospel of John, chapter 11. All verse references are from the Modern English Version (MEV) Bible.
I shared in my previous article how Jesus marvelously gave sight to the man who was born blind. How the man’s blindness was neither due to his own sin nor his parents’ but for the purpose of showing the mighty works of God. You may read it here if you haven’t.
How Jesus Gave Sight to the Man Who Was Born Blind
Why was it so uniquely different from the way He healed the others?
A sin which is unto death
John, the apostle highlights in his first epistle that there is a sin that leads to death and there is a sin that is not unto death.
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. (1 John 5:16–17, KJV)
Righteousness in the eyes of God is active obedience to His word. Unrighteousness is willful disobedience to God’s command. It is a sin which is unto death. Unless repented before the physical body expires, it leads to death. Death, which is not only of the body but of the soul. Eternal death.
One way this is brought about is through sickness. But not all sickness leads to death. There is a sickness that is not unto death and this is a part of our topic in this narrative. Let’s walk through the story.
Lazarus was sick
Jesus and His disciples were in a place beyond Jordan, where John the Baptist at first baptized.
A friend of Jesus, Lazarus was sick. He lives in Bethany, the village of Martha, and her sister Mary (the woman who anointed Jesus with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair). Jesus loved this family. So the sisters sent word…