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that He wept when He saw Mary and the Jews weeping. And He said: "Where have ye laid him?" Jesus went to the grave full of grief. The grave was a cave in a rock, and was covered with a great stone. The Lord then told them to take the stone away; and He looked up to heaven, and said, "Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard me. And I knew that Thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by, I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent me." Jesus then cried with a loud voice, saying: "Lazarus, come forth." At the word of the Lord Jesus, Lazarus came to life, and walked out of the cave.
How wonderful to see a dead man brought to life by a word! We must remember that the Lord Jesus Christ was the Son of God; and that He will some day raise all the dead to life, as He raised Lazarus.
34. MARY ANOINTS THE SAVIOUR'S FEET.
SOME of the Jews who saw Lazarus raised to life believed Jesus Christ to be the Messiah; but some of them were so wicked as to go and tell the Pharisees what He had done; and they sought to kill Him. The Lord Jesus knew this, and He went to a place called Ephraim. Six days before the passover, He went again to Bethany. And they made Him a supper at the house of a man named Simon, who was a leper. Lazarus sat at the table; and Martha waited upon them. Then Mary took a box of precious ointment, and poured it over the feet of the holy Jesus, and wiped them with her hair. When the wicked Judas saw what Mary had done, he said: "Why was this waste of the ointment made? for it might have been sold for three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor." Judas
was a hypocrite, and did not care for the poor; but he wanted to get the money for his own use. The Lord Jesus said:
Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on Me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will, ye may do them good; but Me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come beforehand to anoint My Body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, wheresoever this Gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her."
It was love and gratitude to the blessed Saviour that made Mary do this; and the Lord rewarded her. He never forgets those who love Him.