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“ MARIA was still crying, lying in My arm. And to test the Jews I now asked them: “Where did you lay him down? For they had to know that this place was very well known to Me.
 But they said (the Jews): “Lord, come and see”, and they turned around to show Me the way.
 Also Maria dried her tears, released My arm and walked in front to show Me the way.
 Did the One who knows all ways need a guide? And My eyes were full of tears.
 Then the Jews said among each other: “See how He loved Him”.
 Nota bene: If people would know about all the things that are contained in this event and what it means in the spiritual world they would never doubt anymore that God is entirely love.
 It has to be preserved for future writers when the hearts will have become more receptive and purer to make those deepest secrets of heart of the eternal Spirit of God more clear and to describe them with understandable words for the believing, childlike mind so that they will realize how infinitely great and inexhaustible the source of My love is. Amen.
 Some of the Jews who came with Ephraim whispered now among each other, indicating the miracle that I performed for the blind man on the road to Jericho: “Could He who opened the eyes of the blind man also not take care that Lazarus would not have died?”
 Again My inner Being was moved, because all these words – although they could not be heard by those who stood around Me while I could clearly hear them – provoked a deep melancholy because of the fact that their faith was so little alive.
 And I turned to My disciple John who walked next to Me and said to him: “John, when you will report about the deed for which I go to the gave, report then also about those doubters so that the future generations will have a clear sign of how little use miracles have, and that all power only lives in the word which is permeated by faith. That is why those who belong to Me should in later times only fight with this sharpest weapon, because what is of God is infallible by the inner, lasting nature.”
 Now we came to the grave which was located outside of Bethany on a spot with an open view, surrounded by olive trees and bushes, and it was cut out in the rocks. Lazarus already constructed it during his life because formerly it had been his precious thought to rest on his estate and to be also its protector as it were after his death. This grave, which exists even now – but by no means the grave that is shown to the strangers and travelers – was not made with a front room and a niche as in the usual manner of the Jewish graves, but more in the manner of the Roman cemeteries or columbaria. (Columbarium: a space in which urns of the deceased are kept.)
 There was a deep hall hewn in the rocks, quite highly arched, and at its end there was a deeper part in the rock in which the deceased was laid, covered by a big rectangular stone that was difficult to turn away. That hall, according to Lazarus’ idea, had to .contain niches on the left and right for the future graves of his sisters. But these did not want to know their future places of burial during their lifetime. That is why their brother omitted this and made only one grave.
 When we came to the grave, I said to a few of Lazarus’ helpers who were nearby and busy to arrange the environment of the grave and who were now curiously watching to see what would happen: “Lift the stone from the grave.”
 They heard My call in disbelief, and Martha, who did not indicate to them to follow My command, said in a worried tone to Me: “Lord, he already stinks, for he already lays there for 4 days.”
 I answered her: “Martha, why do you resist My word? Did I not tell you that you will see the glory of God if you believe? Then do what I have told you.”
 Then with great difficulty they lifted the heavy stone from the grave, and immediately the workers drew back because of the bad smell that emanated from the dead. So nobody could stay close to the hall of the rock, and those who came with us stepped aside, being surprised and watching with full expectation to see what I would do.
 And I went to stand close to the entrance of the hall of the rock and said with a loud voice: “Father, I thank You that You answered Me, Your Son. However, I know that You always answer Me, for Your voice lives and sounds in Me. I am not saying this for My sake but for the sake of the people who stand here around, so that they finally may entirely believe and realize that You have sent Me and that You live in Me, as I in You.”
 After these words I went to the grave and called with a loud voice: “Lazarus, come out.”
 Immediately the bad smell disappeared, and the body that came to life began to move. Maria and Martha felt in their heart what would happen when I went to the grave, but they nevertheless carried the doubt whether I would succeed – like everyone else always prefer to have faith when others are concerned, but when it concerns their own skin, they have much less faith. And they cried out from joy and ran into the grave.
 Now Lazarus was completely tied up in death clothes, his face covered with a sweat cloth. He himself sat upright and sat in the grave like someone who woke up from a deep sleep, being not yet able to gather his thoughts.
 Therefore I said to his sisters: “Untie the cloths and let him go.” (The Great Gospel of John Book 25, chap. 61)
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