Reference: Mary, Sister Of Lazarus And Martha
The three are spoken of as those whom Jesus loved. They resided at Bethany, where they were privileged to welcome the Lord Jesus as a guest. On one of these visits Mary took her place at the feet of the Lord, feasting upon the words that fell from His lips. Martha wanted her help, but the Lord declared that one thing was needful, and Mary had chosen that good part, which should not be taken away from her. Lu 10:38-42. The heart of Mary was riven at the death of Lazarus. Word had been sent to the Lord that he was sick, and yet He had not come. When Jesus arrived Mary exclaimed, as Martha had done previously, "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died:" but Mary said it at the feet of the Lord. Jesus wept, and Mary thus learned His sympathy, and had a fresh taste of the good part which death could not take from her. To Martha Jesus said that she should have her brother back, and should see the power of death broken by the One who was "the resurrection and the life;" but Mary had Himself. Joh 11:1-44.
Afterwards, when they made the Lord a supper, a few days before He suffered, Mary, in full appreciation of her Lord, anointed His head and His feet with costly ointment. Judas and others were indignant at what they called 'waste,' but the Lord defended Mary's action, and said He was being anointed for His burial: this act should be told of her in the whole world. Nothing was too costly to be spent upon such a Lord. Joh 12:1-8: cf. Mt 26:6-13; Mr 14:3-9. It should be noted that this is not the same event as that recorded in Lu 7:36-50.
And Jesus having been in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leprous, There came to him a woman having an alabaster box of costly perfumed ointment, and she poured upon the head of him, reclining at table. read more. And his disciples seeing, felt pain, saying, For what this loss? For this perfumed oil could have been sold for much, and have been given to the poor. And Jesus having known, said to them, Why offer ye toils to the woman? for a good work has she worked upon me. For always the poor ye have with you, but me ye have not always. For she, casting this perfumed oil upon my body, did to prepare me for interment, Truly I say to you, Wheresoever this good news be proclaimed in the whole world, shall it also be spoken what she did, for a remembrance of her.
And he being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leprous, he reclining at table, a woman came having an alabaster box of perfumed oil of persuasive, costly, spikenard;. and having broken the alabaster box, she poured upon his head. And there were some displeased in themselves, and saying, For what has been the loss of this perfumed oil? read more. For this could have been sold for above three hundred drachmas, and have been given to the poor. And they raged against her. And Jesus said, Let her go; why bestow ye weariness upon her? she has wrought a good work upon me. For always have ye the poor with you, and when ye wish ye can do them good: and me ye have not always. And what she had, she has done: she has undertaken beforehand to perfume my body for the burial. Truly I say to you, Wherever this good news be proclaimed in the whole world, also what she has done shall be spoken for a memorial of her.
And a certain one of the Pharisees asked him that he would eat with him. And having come into the Pharisee's house, he reclined. And, behold, a woman in the city, who was sinful, knowing that he is reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, having brought an alabaster box of perfumed oil, read more. And stood at his feet behind, weeping, been to wet his feet with tears, and wiped with the hairs of her head; and she kissed his feet, and anointed with the perfumed oil. And the Pharisee having called him, seeing, said within himself, This, if he were a prophet, had known who and what race of woman which had touched him: for she is sinful. And Jesus having answered, said to him, Simon, I have something to say to thee. And he says, Teacher, speak. Two debtors were to a certain money-lender: one owed five hundred drachmas, and the other fifty. And they not having to pay, he bestowed as a gift upon both. Which of them therefore will love him the more? Say thou. And Simon, having answered, said, I suppose, that to whom he bestowed more favor. And he said to him, Thou hast judged rightly, And having turned to the woman, he said to Simon, Thou seest this woman? I came into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: and she wet my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: and she from when I came in left not kissing my feet. Thou anointedst not my head with oil: and she anointed my feet with perfumed oil. For which I say to thee, Her many sins are remitted; for she loved much: and he to whom little is remitted, loves little. And he said to her, Thy sins are remitted. And they reclining together began to say in themselves, Who is this who also remits sins? And he said to the woman, Thy faith has saved thee; go in peace.
And it was in their going forth, and he came to a certain town : and a certain woman by the name of Martha received him in her house. And also a sister was to her, called Mary; and she having sat at Jesus' feet, heard his word. read more. And Martha was perplexed about much service, and having stood before, said, Lord, carest thou not that my sister left me to serve alone ? speak therefore to her that she may lay hold and assist with me. And Jesus having answered, said to her, Martha,.Martha, thou bast care, and art confused about many things And of one thing there is need : and Mary has chosen the 'good part which shall not betaken away from her.
And a certain Lazarus was sick, from Bethany, of the town of Mary And Martha her sister. (And Mary was she having anointed the Lord with perfumed oil, and wiped his feet with her hairs, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) read more. Then sent the sisters to him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. And Jesus having heard, said, This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that by it the Son of God be honoured. And Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When therefore he heard that he is sick, then indeed he remained in the place in which he was two days. Then after this he says to his disciples, Let us go into Judea again. The disciples say to him, Rabbi, now the Jews sought to stone thee; and retirest thou there again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours of the day.? If any walk in the day, he stumbles not, for he sees the light of this world. But if any walk in the night, he stumbles, for light is not in him. These things said he: and after this he says to them, Lazarus our friend has been set to sleep; but I go, that I might waken him. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he has been set to sleep, he shall be saved. And Jesus spake of his death: but these supposed that he speaks of the repose of sleep. Then therefore Jesus said to them with freedom of speech, Lazarus is dead. And I rejoice for you, that ye might believe, that I was not there; but let us go to him. Then said Thomas, called Didymus, to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we might die with him. Then Jesus, having come, found him having four days already in the tomb. And Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia. And many of the Jews were come to them about Martha and Many, that they might console them for their brother. Then Martha, when she heard that Jesus comes, met him: and Mary sat in the house. Then said Martha to Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But now I also know, that whatever thou shalt ask of God, God will give thee. Jesus says to her, Thy brother shall arise. Martha says to him, I know that he shall rise at the rising up in the last day. Jesus said to her, I am the rising up, and life: he believing in me, though he die, shall live. And all living and believing in me should never die. Believest thou this? She says to him, Yes, Lord: I have believed that thou art Christ, the Son of God, he coming into the world. And having said these, she departed and called Mary her sister secretly, having said, The Teacher is come, and calls thee. She, when she heard, arises quickly, and comes to him. And Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met him. Then the Jews being in the house with her, and consoling her, having seen Mary, that she rose quickly and went forth, followed her, saying, That she retires to the tomb, that she might weep there. Then Mary, when she came where Jesus was, seeing him, fell at his feet, saying to him, Lord, if thou wert here, my brother had not died. Then Jesus, when he saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping having come with her, was heavy in spirit, and troubled himself, And said, Where have ye laid him? They say to him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, See how he loved him I And certain of them said, Could not he having opened the eyes of the blind, have made that this should not die? Then Jesus again being heavy in himself, comes to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was laid upon it. Jesus says, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of the dead, says to him, Lord, he already smells: for it is the fourth day. Jesus says to her, Said I not to thee, if thou shouldest believe, thou shalt see the glory of God Then took they away the stone where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes above, and said, Father, I return thee thanks that thou didst hear me. And I knew that thou always hearest me: but for the crowd standing round I said, that they might believe that thou didst send me. And having said these, he cried out with a great voice, Lazarus, come out. And the dead came out, bound feet and hands with bandages; and his face was bound with a napkin. Jesus says to them, Loose him, and let him retire.
Then Jesus, six days before the pascha, came to Bethany, where was Lazarus the dead, whom he raised from the dead. Then made they him a supper there, and Martha served; and Lazarus was one of them reclining at table with him. read more. Then Mary having taken a pound of perfumed oil of spikenard, very precious, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hairs: and the house was filled with the smell of the perfumed oil. Then says one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, of Simon, being about to deliver him up, Wherefore was not this perfumed oil sold for three hundred drachmas, and given to the poor? And this he said, not that care was to him for the poor: but because he was a thief, and had the small coffer, and carried things deposited. Then said Jesus, Let her go; for the day of my interment has she kept this. For the poor have ye always with you;and me ye have not always.