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IN  SEARCH  OF   LAZARUS
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                                                                          THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, CHAPTER 11: 1 - 44    
The Death of Lazarus
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her
hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death;
rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that
Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there
again?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk
at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’ After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’ The disciples
said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep.
Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to
his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had
come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to
Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will
rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in
me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the
Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’

Jesus Weeps
When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ And when she heard it, she got up
quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling
her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw
him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also
weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews
said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’

Jesus Raises Lazarus to Life
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man,
said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of
God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the
sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out,
his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’
INSIDE  THE "TOMB OF LAZARUS"
in  al-Eizariya in the West Bank (biblical Bethany)
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This is a fish-eye photo which made the tomb seem much larger
THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
WEST OF THE TOMB OF LAZARUS
A WINE PRESS
A MILLSTONE
THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF SAINT LAZARUS
This modern church was completed in 1965,  It is adjacent to and to the west of the Tomb and
shares the north wall of a medieval Benedictine chapel. Nearby is the structure traditionally
associated either with the house of Simon the Leper or that of Lazarus (and Martha & Mary).
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF SAINT LAZARUS
This modern church was designed by Antonio Barluzzi and was completed in 1955.  The west wall of the courtyard
merges with the facade of a 6th century Byzantine Basilica together with its three doorways. Underneath is the
foundation of a Crusader church.  The modern facade mosaic by Cesare Vagarini depicts Martha, Mary and
Lazarus.   The original mosaic floor, along with a wooden wine or olive press, and a millstone are to be seen.
VIEWS INSIDE THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF SAINT LAZARUS
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ORIGINAL MOSAIC FLOOR
                                      THE LAZARUS EPIPHANY

Saturday April 24, 2010 was a free day for the pilgrims on the St. Georges course.  Six
members from Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati Ohio USA, Ron Turner, Judy & Bill
Chamberlain, Shirley, Charleston & Arthur Wang decided to embark on a search for
Lazarus instead of going on a shopping spree in the old city.   We found ourselves in
al-Eizariya in the West Bank, a neighborhood associated with the biblical town of
Bethany.  There, we found a sign which boldly proclaimed "LAZARUS TOMB."  How
exciting! Visions of untold things filled our minds.  Through the narrow opening we
descended and found ourselves inside an ancient Jewish tomb comprising a vestibule
and burial chamber that had been quarried into the hillside.  Tried as we did, we were
unable to see any trace or sign of Lazarus. Once outside in the bright sunshine, we
were serenaded by two beautiful children, who at the sublime moment appeared and
refused to take leave of us - perhaps they were fascinated by Judy's tomb-raider hat.  
Our fleeting companions presented to me an epiphany of the meaning of that 11th
chapter of the Gospel of John.  Sadly, we had to separate from the angels who
befriended us, and we went on to visit the two adjacent churches - one belonging to
the Orthodox Patriarchate and the other to Rome which was open to visitors.   
Notwithstanding the beauty of the appointments inside, my mind remained transfixed on
the two children who had so readily befriended us as if they had known us forever and
will remain in my consciousness forever more.  I set out in search of Lazarus and my
wish had been granted in a little town nestled on the Mount of Olives outside of the
Holy City of Jerusalem.     
Charleston C. K. Wang, December 9, 2012.
THE CHILDREN OF SAINT GEORGE'S SCHOOL IN JERUSALEM

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