- John 11:16-20
- John 11:16 (KJB)
- Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let
us also go, that we may die with him.
- The name “Didymus” means “the twin” which was the surname of the Apostle
Thomas. It is a shame that Thomas is known by “Doubting Thomas” because here
he is showing bravery and a willingness to die with Jesus if it comes to
that. After the ascension of Christ and Pentecost, the Apostle Thomas became
a great missionary with his terminal ministry in India. So Thomas was
anything but a doubter because he had a tremendous ministry to many. He may
possibly have been the first Christian missionary to India.
- John 11:17 (KJB)
- Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four
- When Jesus had arrived in Bethany He found that Lazarus had been in the
grave for four days. This is very important to the resurrection narrative
because the Jews believed that the spirit of a person remained by the body
till the fourth day and then it flew away. By Lazarus being in the tomb for
four days, means that his spirit would have departed which means there would
have been absolutely no chance of any life existing in his body. He was as
dead as could be. This way there could be no chance of an accusation that
his spirit was still present.
- John 11:18 (KJB)
- Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:
- Bethany was just under two miles from Jerusalem which shows how close
Jesus was. There is no doubt that someone would have recognized Jesus and
went to tell the Pharisees in Jerusalem. Some of them probably came and
maybe with the intent to arrest Him but after what they were about to
witness, they seriously needed to rethink their position on Jesus.
- John 11:19 (KJB)
- And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them
concerning their brother.
- To comfort - To console
- Mary and Martha were distraught about the death of their brother. He was
probably a young man which always intensifies the grief. They no doubt were
well known in their small village and many had come to grieve with them and
to comfort them in their time of sorrow. Yes even Christians can cry when
they lose a loved one even if they know that loved one is in Heaven. Death
always leaves a void but God’s love and compassion can fill that void.
- John 11:20 (KJB)
- Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met
him: but Mary sat still in the house.
- Martha must have been a person with a very outgoing personality. As soon
as she got word that Jesus was coming their way, she did not wait for Jesus
to arrive, instead she went to meet Him. Mary had stayed behind in the
house. Maybe at this point she did not know that Jesus was coming to them.
Nevertheless both Mary and Martha loved the Lord but exhibited that love in
different ways. Mary seemed to be more quiet while Martha seemed to be more