URANTIA RAAMAT - 168. Kiri. Laatsaruse surnuist äratamine

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IV OSA: Jeesuse elu ja Õpetused



168. Kiri. Laatsaruse surnuist äratamine

Paper 168 : The Resurrection of Lazarus

SEE oli veidi pärast keskpäeva, kui Marta teele asus, et kohata Jeesust, kui too Betaania lähedal üle mäeveere tuli. Tema vend Laatsarus oli olnud surnud juba neli päeva ja maetud pühapäeva pärastlõunal nende perekonna hauakambrisse aia tagumises otsas. Kivi hauakambri sissekäigu ette oli veeretatud sama päeva, neljapäeva hommikul.

168:0.1 (1842.1) IT WAS shortly after noon when Martha started out to meet Jesus as he came over the brow of the hill near Bethany. Her brother, Lazarus, had been dead four days and had been laid away in their private tomb at the far end of the garden late on Sunday afternoon. The stone at the entrance of the tomb had been rolled in place on the morning of this day, Thursday.

Kui Marta ja Maarja olid Jeesusele Laatsaruse haiguse kohta sõna saatnud, olid nad olnud kindlad, et Meister midagi ette võtab. Nad teadsid, et nende vend oli lootusetult haige ja ehkki nad vaevalt julgesid loota, et Jeesus oma õpetamis- ja jutlustamistöö jätab ning neile appi tuleb, uskusid nad kindlalt tema võimesse vend haigusest terveks ravida ja arvasid, et Jeesusel tarvitseb vaid tervendavad sõnad lausuda ning Laatsarus paraneb kohe. Kui Laatsarus mõni tund pärast kulleri Betaaniast Filadelfiasse lahkumist suri, seletasid nad seda sellega, et Meister sai tema haigusest teada liiga hilja, kui vend oli juba mitu tundi surnud olnud.

168:0.2 (1842.2) When Martha and Mary sent word to Jesus concerning Lazarus’s illness, they were confident the Master would do something about it. They knew that their brother was desperately sick, and though they hardly dared hope that Jesus would leave his work of teaching and preaching to come to their assistance, they had such confidence in his power to heal disease that they thought he would just speak the curative words, and Lazarus would immediately be made whole. And when Lazarus died a few hours after the messenger left Bethany for Philadelphia, they reasoned that it was because the Master did not learn of their brother’s illness until it was too late, until he had already been dead for several hours.

Ent sõnum, mille jooksja neile teisipäeva ennelõunal Betaaniasse tagasi jõudes vastuseks tõi, tekitas nii neis kui ka kõigis nende uskujatest sõprades suurt hämmastust. Sõnumitooja oli täiesti kindel, et oli kuulnud Jeesust ütlemas: „...see haigus ei too tegelikult surma”. Nad ei saanud ka aru, miks ta polnud neile mingit teadet saatnud ega muul viisil abi pakkunud.

168:0.3 (1842.3) But they, with all of their believing friends, were greatly puzzled by the message which the runner brought back Tuesday forenoon when he reached Bethany. The messenger insisted that he heard Jesus say, “...this sickness is really not to the death.” Neither could they understand why he sent no word to them nor otherwise proffered assistance.

Paljud sõbrad naaberküladest ja teised tuttavad Jeruusalemmast tulid murest murtud õdesid lohutama. Laatsarus ja ta õed olid jõuka ja lugupeetud juudi, väikese Betaania küla ühe kunagise juhtiva elaniku lapsed. Ja ehkki kõik kolm olid juba ammu hakanud tulihingeliselt Jeesust pooldama, austasid neid väga kõik nende tuttavad. Nad olid pärinud lähiümbruses suured viinamäed ja oliivipuuaiad ning nende jõukusest andis tunnistust ka asjaolu, et nad võisid endale lubada perekonna hauakambrit oma maa peal. Mõlemad vanemad olid sellesse hauakambrisse maetud.

168:0.4 (1842.4) Many friends from near-by hamlets and others from Jerusalem came over to comfort the sorrow-stricken sisters. Lazarus and his sisters were the children of a well-to-do and honorable Jew, one who had been the leading resident of the little village of Bethany. And notwithstanding that all three had long been ardent followers of Jesus, they were highly respected by all who knew them. They had inherited extensive vineyards and olive orchards in this vicinity, and that they were wealthy was further attested by the fact that they could afford a private burial tomb on their own premises. Both of their parents had already been laid away in this tomb.

Maarja oli juba loobunud mõttest, et Jeesus võiks kohale tulla, ja andis järele kurbusele, kuid Marta klammerdus lootuse külge kuni selle päeva hommikuni, mil nad kivi hauakambri ava ette veeretasid ja sissekäigu pitseerisid. Ent ta palus ühel naabruses elaval poisil siiski jälgida Betaaniast ida pool asuva künka veerult Jeeriko teed ja see noormees tõigi Martale teate Jeesuse ja ta sõprade lähenemisest.

168:0.5 (1842.5) Mary had given up the thought of Jesus’ coming and was abandoned to her grief, but Martha clung to the hope that Jesus would come, even up to the time on that very morning when they rolled the stone in front of the tomb and sealed the entrance. Even then she instructed a neighbor lad to keep watch down the Jericho road from the brow of the hill to the east of Bethany; and it was this lad who brought tidings to Martha that Jesus and his friends were approaching.

Jeesusega kohtudes langes Marta ta jalge ette, hüüdes: „Meister, kui sa oleksid siin olnud, poleks mu vend surnud!” Marta meelt läbisid paljud kartused, kuid ta ei väljendanud mingit kahtlust ega söandanud ka Meistri käitumist seoses Laatsaruse surmaga kuidagi kritiseerida või küsitavaks pidada. Kui ta oli seda öelnud, kummardus Jeesus, aitas ta püsti ja ütles: „Olgu sul ainult usku, Marta, ja su vend tõuseb jälle üles.” Siis vastas Marta: „Ma tean, et ta tõuseb taas üles ülestõusmises viimsel päeval ja ma usun nüüdki, et mida iganes sa Jumalalt palud, täidab meie Isa sinu soovi.”

168:0.6 (1842.6) When Martha met Jesus, she fell at his feet, exclaiming, “Master, if you had been here, my brother would not have died!” Many fears were passing through Martha’s mind, but she gave expression to no doubt, nor did she venture to criticize or question the Master’s conduct as related to Lazarus’s death. When she had spoken, Jesus reached down and, lifting her upon her feet, said, “Only have faith, Martha, and your brother shall rise again.” Then answered Martha: “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection of the last day; and even now I believe that whatever you shall ask of God, our Father will give you.”

Siis ütles Jeesus Martale otse silma vaadates: „Mina olen ülestõusmine ja elu; see, kes minusse usub, jääb elama, isegi kui ta sureb. Tõesti, kes elab ja usub minusse, ei sure kunagi päriselt. Kas sa usud seda, Marta?” Ja Marta vastas Meistrile: „Jah, ma olen juba ammu uskunud, et sina oled Vabastaja, elava Jumala Poeg, seesama, kes peab siia maailma tulema.”

168:0.7 (1843.1) Then said Jesus, looking straight into the eyes of Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live. In truth, whosoever lives and believes in me shall never really die. Martha, do you believe this?” And Martha answered the Master: “Yes, I have long believed that you are the Deliverer, the Son of the living God, even he who should come to this world.”

Kui Jeesus Maarja kohta küsis, läks Marta kohe majja ja sosistas õele: „Meister on siin ja kutsub sind.” Seda kuuldes tõusis Maarja otsekohe ja kiirustas välja Jeesusele vastu, kes ikka veel seisis majast veidi eemal paigas, kus Marta teda algul oli kohanud. Kui Maarjaga koos olnud ja teda lohutada püüdnud sõbrad nägid naist kiiruga tõusvat ja väljuvat, järgnesid nad talle, arvates, et ta läheb hauale nutma.

168:0.8 (1843.2) Jesus having inquired for Mary, Martha went at once into the house and, whispering to her sister, said, “The Master is here and has asked for you.” And when Mary heard this, she rose up quickly and hastened out to meet Jesus, who still tarried at the place, some distance from the house, where Martha had first met him. The friends who were with Mary, seeking to comfort her, when they saw that she rose up quickly and went out, followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep.

Paljud kohalolijad olid Jeesuse vihavaenlased. Seepärast oligi Marta üksi välja talle vastu tulnud ja läinud salaja Maarjale teatama, et Jeesus oli tema järele küsinud. Marta ihkas küll Jeesust näha, kuid tahtis vältida võimalikke ebameeldivusi, mida Meistri ootamatu ilmumine tema Jeruusalemmast pärit vaenlaste suure rühma seas võis põhjustada. Marta oli kavatsenud jääda koos sõpradega majja, kuni Maarja Jeesust tervitab, aga see ei õnnestunud tal, sest kõik järgnesid Maarjale ja leidsid end niiviisi ootamatult Meistri eest.

168:0.9 (1843.3) Many of those present were Jesus’ bitter enemies. That is why Martha had come out to meet him alone, and also why she went in secretly to inform Mary that he had asked for her. Martha, while craving to see Jesus, desired to avoid any possible unpleasantness which might be caused by his coming suddenly into the midst of a large group of his Jerusalem enemies. It had been Martha’s intention to remain in the house with their friends while Mary went to greet Jesus, but in this she failed, for they all followed Mary and so found themselves unexpectedly in the presence of the Master.

Marta viis Maarja Jeesuse juurde ja kui naine Jeesust nägi, langes ta tema jalge ette, hüüdes: „Kui sa vaid oleksid siin olnud, poleks mu vend surnud!” Ja kui Jeesus märkas, kuidas kõik Laatsaruse surma pärast kurvastasid, liigutas tema südant kaastunne.

168:0.10 (1843.4) Martha led Mary to Jesus, and when she saw him, she fell at his feet, exclaiming, “If you had only been here, my brother would not have died!” And when Jesus saw how they all grieved over the death of Lazarus, his soul was moved with compassion.

Kui leinajad nägid, et Maarja läks Jeesust tervitama, tõmbusid nad veidi eemale, kuna Marta ja Maarja Meistriga rääkisid ja kuulsid temalt uusi lohutussõnu ning manitsusi säilitada kindel usk Isasse ja alluda täielikult jumalikule tahtele.

168:0.11 (1843.5) When the mourners saw that Mary had gone to greet Jesus, they withdrew for a short distance while both Martha and Mary talked with the Master and received further words of comfort and exhortation to maintain strong faith in the Father and complete resignation to the divine will.

Jeesuse inimmeelt liigutas tugev vastuolu: tema armastus Laatsaruse ja leinavate õdede vastu vastandus tema põlguse ja põlastusega mõnede uskmatute ja mõrvaplaanidega juutide väliste kiindumusavalduste suhtes. Jeesus pani pahaks mõne end Laatsaruse sõbraks nimetanu sunnitut ja välist leina, sest see võltskurbus seondus nende südameis kibeda vaenuga Jeesuse vastu. Mõned juudid leinasid aga siiralt, sest olid perekonna tõelised sõbrad.

168:0.12 (1843.6) The human mind of Jesus was mightily moved by the contention between his love for Lazarus and the bereaved sisters and his disdain and contempt for the outward show of affection manifested by some of these unbelieving and murderously intentioned Jews. Jesus indignantly resented the show of forced and outward mourning for Lazarus by some of these professed friends inasmuch as such false sorrow was associated in their hearts with so much bitter enmity toward himself. Some of these Jews, however, were sincere in their mourning, for they were real friends of the family.

1. Laatsaruse haua juures

1. At the Tomb of Lazarus

Kui Jeesus oli leinajatest eemal mõne hetke Martat ja Maarjat lohutanud, küsis ta neilt: „Kuhu te olete ta matnud?” Marta ütles: „Tule ja vaata.” Ja kui Meister kahele kurvastavale õele vaikides järgnes, tulid tal pisarad silma. Neile järgnenud sõbralikud juudid nägid ta pisaraid ja üks neist ütles: „Vaata, kuidas ta teda armastas. Kas see, kes on avanud pimeda silmad, ei oleks suutnud ka selle mehe surma ära hoida?” Nüüd seisid nad kõik perekonna hauakambri ees. See oli väike looduslik koobas või õõnsus kaljueendis, mis kerkis umbes kümne meetri kõrguselt aia tagaosas.

168:1.1 (1843.7) After Jesus had spent a few moments in comforting Martha and Mary, apart from the mourners, he asked them, “Where have you laid him?” Then Martha said, “Come and see.” And as the Master followed on in silence with the two sorrowing sisters, he wept. When the friendly Jews who followed after them saw his tears, one of them said: “Behold how he loved him. Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind have kept this man from dying?” By this time they were standing before the family tomb, a small natural cave, or declivity, in the ledge of rock which rose up some thirty feet at the far end of the garden plot.

Inimmeelele on raske selgitada, miks Jeesus nuttis. Meil on küll juurdepääs inimlike emotsioonide ja jumalike mõtete üksteisega seostuvatele ülestähendustele Isikustatud Kohandaja meeles, kuid me pole päris kindlad nende emotsioonide avaldumise tõelises põhjuses. Kaldume arvama, et Jeesus nuttis sellepärast, et tema meelest käisid tol hetkel läbi mitmed mõtted ja tunded:

168:1.2 (1844.1) It is difficult to explain to human minds just why Jesus wept. While we have access to the registration of the combined human emotions and divine thoughts, as of record in the mind of the Personalized Adjuster, we are not altogether certain about the real cause of these emotional manifestations. We are inclined to believe that Jesus wept because of a number of thoughts and feelings which were going through his mind at this time, such as:

1. ta tundis Martale ja Maarjale tõeliselt ja kurvalt kaasa; ta oli neisse venna kaotanud õdedesse tõeliselt ja sügavalt inimlikult kiindunud;

168:1.3 (1844.2) 1. He felt a genuine and sorrowful sympathy for Martha and Mary; he had a real and deep human affection for these sisters who had lost their brother.

2. tema meelt häiris leinajate hulk, kellest mõned olid siirad, teised aga lihtsalt teesklesid. Välised leinaväljendused olid talle alati vastumeelt olnud. Ta teadis, et õed olid oma venda armastanud ja uskusid uskujate ellujäämisesse. Nende vastuoluliste tunnetega võibki olla seletatav Jeesuse nutt hauale lähenedes;

168:1.4 (1844.3) 2. He was perturbed in his mind by the presence of the crowd of mourners, some sincere and some merely pretenders. He always resented these outward exhibitions of mourning. He knew the sisters loved their brother and had faith in the survival of believers. These conflicting emotions may possibly explain why he groaned as they came near the tomb.

3. mõte Laatsarus surelikku ellu tagasi tuua tekitas temas tõepoolest kõhklust. Õed vajasid tõesti venda, ent Jeesus teadis, et tema sõbral tuleb kindlasti taluda kibedat tagakiusamist, kui Inimese Poeg on tema suhtes seninägematul viisil oma jumalikku vägevust ilmutanud.

168:1.5 (1844.4) 3. He truly hesitated about bringing Lazarus back to the mortal life. His sisters really needed him, but Jesus regretted having to summon his friend back to experience the bitter persecution which he well knew Lazarus would have to endure as a result of being the subject of the greatest of all demonstrations of the divine power of the Son of Man.

Ning nüüd võime teile mainida üht huvitavat ja õpetlikku asjaolu: kuigi käesolev jutustus kulgeb pealtnäha loomuliku ja normaalse inimliku sündmuse kirjeldusena, on sel ka mõned huvitavad kõrvaltahud. Ehkki sõnumitooja läks pühapäeval Jeesusele Laatsaruse haigusest teatama ja Jeesus saatis sõna, et see „ei too surma”, läks ta samas isiklikult Betaaniasse ja isegi küsis õdedelt: „Kuhu te ta matsite?” Kõik see näib küll viitavat asjaolule, et Meister toimis selle elu raames ja inimmeele piiratud teadmistest lähtudes, universumi ürikutest aga ilmneb siiski, et Jeesuse Isikustatud Kohandaja andis korralduse jätta Laatsaruse Mõttekohandaja pärast Laatsaruse surma määramatuks ajaks planeedile ning et see korraldus registreeriti täpselt viisteist minutit enne Laatsaruse viimast hingetõmmet.

168:1.6 (1844.5) And now we may relate an interesting and instructive fact: Although this narrative unfolds as an apparently natural and normal event in human affairs, it has some very interesting side lights. While the messenger went to Jesus on Sunday, telling him of Lazarus’s illness, and while Jesus sent word that it was “not to the death,” at the same time he went in person up to Bethany and even asked the sisters, “Where have you laid him?” Even though all of this seems to indicate that the Master was proceeding after the manner of this life and in accordance with the limited knowledge of the human mind, nevertheless, the records of the universe reveal that Jesus’ Personalized Adjuster issued orders for the indefinite detention of Lazarus’s Thought Adjuster on the planet subsequent to Lazarus’s death, and that this order was made of record just fifteen minutes before Lazarus breathed his last.

Kas Jeesuse jumalik meel teadis juba enne Laatsaruse surma, et tal on kavas ta surnuist üles äratada? Me ei tea seda. Teame vaid seda, millest praegu teile jutustame.

168:1.7 (1844.6) Did the divine mind of Jesus know, even before Lazarus died, that he would raise him from the dead? We do not know. We know only what we are herewith placing on record.

Paljud Jeesuse vaenlased kaldusid tema kiindumusavalduse üle irvitama ja rääkisid isekeskis: „Kui ta sellest mehest nii palju pidas, miks viivitas ta siis Betaaniasse tulekuga? Kui ta on see, mida tema kohta väidetakse, miks ei päästnud ta siis oma kallist sõpra? Mis kasu on võõraste tervendamisest Galileas, kui ta ei suuda päästa neid, keda armastab?” Ja nad pilkasid Jeesuse õpetusi ning tegevust, pidades neid tühisteks.

168:1.8 (1844.7) Many of Jesus’ enemies were inclined to sneer at his manifestations of affection, and they said among themselves: “If he thought so much of this man, why did he tarry so long before coming to Bethany? If he is what they claim, why did he not save his dear friend? What is the good of healing strangers in Galilee if he cannot save those whom he loves?” And in many other ways they mocked and made light of the teachings and works of Jesus.

Nii oli tol neljapäeva pärastlõunal kella poole kolme paiku see väike Betaania küla valmis suurimaks kõigist Nebadoni Miikaeli maise hoolekandega seotud töödest, suurimaks jumaliku vägevuse avaldumiseks tema lihas kehastumise ajal, sest ta ise tõusis surnuist pärast seda, kui oli sureliku elupaiga kütkeist vabastatud.

168:1.9 (1844.8) And so, on this Thursday afternoon at about half past two o’clock, was the stage all set in this little hamlet of Bethany for the enactment of the greatest of all works connected with the earth ministry of Michael of Nebadon, the greatest manifestation of divine power during his incarnation in the flesh, since his own resurrection occurred after he had been liberated from the bonds of mortal habitation.

Laatsaruse haua ette kogunenud väike rühm ei osanud aimatagi, et sinna oli kogunenud Gabrieli eestvedamisel nii suur hulk kõigi taevaolendite klasside esindajaid, kes nüüd Jeesuse Isikustatud Kohandaja suunamisel erutatult ootasid, valmis oma armastatud Suverääni käsku täitma.

168:1.10 (1845.1) The small group assembled before Lazarus’s tomb little realized the presence near at hand of a vast concourse of all orders of celestial beings assembled under the leadership of Gabriel and now in waiting, by direction of the Personalized Adjuster of Jesus, vibrating with expectancy and ready to execute the bidding of their beloved Sovereign.

Kui Jeesus andis korralduse: „Võtke kivi eest ära”, valmistusid kokkutulnud taevaväed etendama draamat Laatsaruse ülesäratamisest tema surelikus kehas. Niisugust surnuist ülesäratamist on raske läbi viia, sest see on tunduvalt keerulisem kui surelike loodud-olendite tavaline ülesäratamine morontiakujul, ning selleks on vaja palju rohkem taevaseid isiksusi ja universumi vahendite tunduvalt suuremat organiseerimist.

168:1.11 (1845.2) When Jesus spoke those words of command, “Take away the stone,” the assembled celestial hosts made ready to enact the drama of the resurrection of Lazarus in the likeness of his mortal flesh. Such a form of resurrection involves difficulties of execution which far transcend the usual technique of the resurrection of mortal creatures in morontia form and requires far more celestial personalities and a far greater organization of universe facilities.

Kui Marta ja Maarja kuulsid Jeesuse käsku, et haua ees olev kivi eemale veeretataks, täitsid neid vastuolulised tunded. Maarja lootis, et Laatsarus äratatakse surnuist üles, ent Marta, kes küll mõningal määral õe usku jagas, kartis palju enam seda, et Laatsarust ei sobi enam Jeesusele, apostlitele ja nende sõpradele näidata. Marta küsis: „Kas me peame kivi eest ära veeretama? Mu vend on olnud juba neli päeva surnud ja ta keha on juba lagunema hakanud.” Marta ütles seda ka sellepärast, et ta polnud kindel, miks Meister tahtis lasta kivi eemaldada; ta arvas, et Jeesus soovib võib-olla ainult Laatsarust viimast korda näha. Marta polnud endas kindel. Sel ajal kui nad kõhklesid, kas lükata kivi eest või mitte, küsis Jeesus: „Kas ma ei öelnud teile kohe, et see haigus ei too surma? Kas ma pole tulnud oma lubadust täitma? Ja kui ma teie juurde tulin, kas ma ei öelnud siis, et kui te vaid usute, näete Jumala auhiilgust? Miks te siis kahtlete? Kui kaua läheb veel aega, enne kui te hakkate uskuma ja kuuletuma?”

168:1.12 (1845.3) When Martha and Mary heard this command of Jesus directing that the stone in front of the tomb be rolled away, they were filled with conflicting emotions. Mary hoped that Lazarus was to be raised from the dead, but Martha, while to some extent sharing her sister’s faith, was more exercised by the fear that Lazarus would not be presentable, in his appearance, to Jesus, the apostles, and their friends. Said Martha: “Must we roll away the stone? My brother has now been dead four days, so that by this time decay of the body has begun.” Martha also said this because she was not certain as to why the Master had requested that the stone be removed; she thought maybe Jesus wanted only to take one last look at Lazarus. She was not settled and constant in her attitude. As they hesitated to roll away the stone, Jesus said: “Did I not tell you at the first that this sickness was not to the death? Have I not come to fulfill my promise? And after I came to you, did I not say that, if you would only believe, you should see the glory of God? Wherefore do you doubt? How long before you will believe and obey?”

Kui Jeesus oli rääkimise lõpetanud, haarasid apostlid koos abivalmis naabritega kivist ja veeretasid selle haua sissepääsu eest ära.

168:1.13 (1845.4) When Jesus had finished speaking, his apostles, with the assistance of willing neighbors, laid hold upon the stone and rolled it away from the entrance to the tomb.

Juutide üldlevinud uskumuse kohaselt hakkas surmaingli mõõgaotsalt langenud sapitilk toimima kolmanda päeva lõpul ja mõjus neljandal päeval juba täielikult. Nad möönsid, et inimese hing võib jääda haua lähedusse kolmanda päeva lõpuni, püüdes surnud keha ellu äratada, ent nad uskusid kindlalt, et enne neljanda päeva koidikut on see hing lahkunud vaimude asupaika.

168:1.14 (1845.5) It was the common belief of the Jews that the drop of gall on the point of the sword of the angel of death began to work by the end of the third day, so that it was taking full effect on the fourth day. They allowed that the soul of man might linger about the tomb until the end of the third day, seeking to reanimate the dead body; but they firmly believed that such a soul had gone on to the abode of departed spirits ere the fourth day had dawned.

Kõik Laatsaruse haua juurde tulnud, kes neid uskumusi ning arvamusi surnutest ja surnute vaimude lahkumisest tõeks pidasid, ja kõik, kes hiljem kuulsid sellest, mis kohe pidi sündima, veendusid oma meeles, et tegemist oli tõepoolest surnu ülesäratamisega kellegi poolt, kes nimetas end „ülestõusmiseks ja eluks”.

168:1.15 (1845.6) These beliefs and opinions regarding the dead and the departure of the spirits of the dead served to make sure, in the minds of all who were now present at Lazarus’s tomb and subsequently to all who might hear of what was about to occur, that this was really and truly a case of the raising of the dead by the personal working of one who declared he was “the resurrection and the life.”

2. Laatsaruse surnuist äratamine

2. The Resurrection of Lazarus

See umbes neljakümne viiest surelikust koosnenud rühm seisis haua ees ja nägi ähmaselt Laatsaruse linastesse sidemetesse mähitud kogu hauakoopa paremas alumises orvas lamamas. Sel ajal kui need maised olendid seal peaaegu hingetus vaikuses seisid, oli suur hulk taevaolendeid asunud oma kohtadele, valmis tegutsema, kui nende juht Gabriel neile märku annab.

168:2.1 (1845.7) As this company of some forty-five mortals stood before the tomb, they could dimly see the form of Lazarus, wrapped in linen bandages, resting on the right lower niche of the burial cave. While these earth creatures stood there in almost breathless silence, a vast host of celestial beings had swung into their places preparatory to answering the signal for action when it should be given by Gabriel, their commander.

Jeesus tõstis pilgu ja ütles: „Ma tänan sind, Isa, et sa mu palvet kuulda võtsid ja selle täitsid. Ma tean, et sa kuuled mind alati, kuid ma räägin praegu sinuga selliselt nende pärast, kes siin koos minuga seisavad, et nad võiksid uskuda, et sa oled mind siia maailma saatnud, ja teaksid, et sina aitad mind selles, mida me nüüd tegema hakkame.” Ja kui ta oli palvetanud, hüüdis ta valjusti: „Laatsarus, tule välja!”

168:2.2 (1846.1) Jesus lifted up his eyes and said: “Father, I am thankful that you heard and granted my request. I know that you always hear me, but because of those who stand here with me, I thus speak with you, that they may believe that you have sent me into the world, and that they may know that you are working with me in that which we are about to do.” And when he had prayed, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”

Ehkki inimestest pealtvaatajad jäid liikumatult seisma, askeldas tohutu taevavägi üksmeelselt Looja käsku täites. Oli möödunud vaid kaksteist sekundit maist aega, kui Laatsaruse seni elutu kogu hakkas end liigutama ja istus peagi selle kaljueendi serval, mille peal oli puhanud. Ta keha oli surilinadesse seotud ja nägu salvrätikuga kaetud. Ja kui ta nende ees püsti tõusis — elavana — ütles Jeesus: „Päästke ta lahti ja laske tal minna.”

168:2.3 (1846.2) Though these human observers remained motionless, the vast celestial host was all astir in unified action in obedience to the Creator’s word. In just twelve seconds of earth time the hitherto lifeless form of Lazarus began to move and presently sat up on the edge of the stone shelf whereon it had rested. His body was bound about with grave cloths, and his face was covered with a napkin. And as he stood up before them — alive — Jesus said, “Loose him and let him go.”

Kõik peale apostlite, Marta ja Maarja põgenesid majja. Nad olid hirmust kahvatud ja tohutult hämmastunud. Mõned viivitasid veel, paljud aga kiirustasid koju.

168:2.4 (1846.3) All, save the apostles, with Martha and Mary, fled to the house. They were pale with fright and overcome with astonishment. While some tarried, many hastened to their homes.

Laatsarus tervitas Jeesust ja apostleid ning küsis, miks tal on ümber surilinad ja miks ta oli aias ärganud. Jeesus ja apostlid jäid veidi eemale, kui Marta rääkis Laatsarusele tema surmast, matmisest ja ülesäratamisest. Ta pidi vennale selgitama, et too oli surnud pühapäeval ja nüüd ellu tagasi toodud neljapäeval, sest ta polnud pärast surmaunne vajumist enam aega tajunud.

168:2.5 (1846.4) Lazarus greeted Jesus and the apostles and asked the meaning of the grave cloths and why he had awakened in the garden. Jesus and the apostles drew to one side while Martha told Lazarus of his death, burial, and resurrection. She had to explain to him that he had died on Sunday and was now brought back to life on Thursday, inasmuch as he had had no consciousness of time since falling asleep in death.

Kui Laatsarus hauast väljus, andis Jeesuse Isikustatud Kohandaja, kes oli nüüd selles kohalikus universumis seda liiki Kohandajate ülem, Laatsaruse endisele ja veel ootavale Kohandajale korralduse uuesti asuda ülesäratatud mehe meele ja hinge sisimasse.

168:2.6 (1846.5) As Lazarus came out of the tomb, the Personalized Adjuster of Jesus, now chief of his kind in this local universe, gave command to the former Adjuster of Lazarus, now in waiting, to resume abode in the mind and soul of the resurrected man.

Siis läks Laatsarus Jeesuse juurde ja põlvitas koos õdedega tema jalge ette, et tänada ja kiita Jumalat. Jeesus võttis Laatsarusel käest, tõmbas ta püsti ja ütles: „Mu sõber, sinuga juhtunut kogevad kord kõik sellesse evangeeliumisse uskujad, ainult et neid äratatakse üles hiilgusrikkamal kujul. Sinust saab selle tõe elav tunnistaja, millest ma rääkisin — et mina olen ülestõusmine ja elu. Aga mingem nüüd majja ja toitkem oma füüsilist keha.”

168:2.7 (1846.6) Then went Lazarus over to Jesus and, with his sisters, knelt at the Master’s feet to give thanks and offer praise to God. Jesus, taking Lazarus by the hand, lifted him up, saying: “My son, what has happened to you will also be experienced by all who believe this gospel except that they shall be resurrected in a more glorious form. You shall be a living witness of the truth which I spoke — I am the resurrection and the life. But let us all now go into the house and partake of nourishment for these physical bodies.”

Kui nad maja poole kõndisid, saatis Gabriel kokkukogunenud taevavägede liigsed rühmad ära ja registreeris esimese ning viimase Urantial esinenud juhu, mil surelik loodud-olend füüsilisest surmast üles äratati.

168:2.8 (1846.7) As they walked toward the house, Gabriel dismissed the extra groups of the assembled heavenly host while he made record of the first instance on Urantia, and the last, where a mortal creature had been resurrected in the likeness of the physical body of death.

Laatsarus suutis vaevu aru saada, mis oli juhtunud. Ta teadis, et oli olnud väga haige, ent mäletas ainult seda, et oli unne vajunud ja üles äratatud. Ta ei saanud kunagi midagi rääkida neist neljast hauas veedetud päevast, sest oli olnud täiesti teadvuseta. Surmaunes magajatele aega ei eksisteeri.

168:2.9 (1846.8) Lazarus could hardly comprehend what had occurred. He knew he had been very sick, but he could recall only that he had fallen asleep and been awakened. He was never able to tell anything about these four days in the tomb because he was wholly unconscious. Time is nonexistent to those who sleep the sleep of death.

Ehkki paljud hakkasid selle vägeva teo tulemusena Jeesusesse uskuma, muutus teiste süda veelgi kõvemaks ja nad soovisid teda veelgi enam tagasi lükata. Järgmise päeva lõunaks olid kuuldused sellest loost levinud üle kogu Jeruusalemma. Kümned mehed ja naised läksid Betaaniasse Laatsarust vaatama ja temaga rääkima ning ärevusse ja segadusse sattunud variserid kutsusid kokku Suurkohtu koosoleku, et otsustada, mida kujunenud olukorras ette võtta.

168:2.10 (1846.9) Though many believed in Jesus as a result of this mighty work, others only hardened their hearts the more to reject him. By noon the next day this story had spread over all Jerusalem. Scores of men and women went to Bethany to look upon Lazarus and talk with him, and the alarmed and disconcerted Pharisees hastily called a meeting of the Sanhedrin that they might determine what should be done about these new developments.

3. Suurkohtu koosolek

3. Meeting of the Sanhedrin

Ehkki selle surnuist üles äratatud mehe tunnistus aitas usklike hulkade usku taevariigi evangeeliumisse suuresti tugevdada, ei mõjutanud see peaaegu üldse Jeruusalemma usujuhtide ja valitsejate suhtumist, nad soovisid üksnes veelgi kiiremini langetada otsuse Jeesus hävitada ja ta töö peatada.

168:3.1 (1847.1) Even though the testimony of this man raised from the dead did much to consolidate the faith of the mass of believers in the gospel of the kingdom, it had little or no influence on the attitude of the religious leaders and rulers at Jerusalem except to hasten their decision to destroy Jesus and stop his work.

Järgmisel päeval, reedel, kell üks tuli Suurkohus kokku, et arutada edasi küsimust „Mida teha Jeesus Naatsaretlasega?” Pärast enam kui kahetunnilist arutelu ja ägedaid vaidlusi tegi üks variser ettepaneku langetada otsus, mille kohaselt Jeesus tuleks viivitamatult hukata, kuulutades ta ohuks kogu Iisraelile, ja lasta Suurkohtul mõista ta surma ilma kohtupidamiseta ning trotsides kõiki pretsedente.

168:3.2 (1847.2) At one o’clock the next day, Friday, the Sanhedrin met to deliberate further on the question, “What shall we do with Jesus of Nazareth?” After more than two hours of discussion and acrimonious debate, a certain Pharisee presented a resolution calling for Jesus’ immediate death, proclaiming that he was a menace to all Israel and formally committing the Sanhedrin to the decision of death, without trial and in defiance of all precedent.

See juudi juhtide auväärne kogu oli andnud ikka ja jälle korraldusi Jeesus vahistada ja tuua kohtu ette süüdistatuna pühaduseteotuses ja arvukates muudes juutide pühade seaduste rikkumistes. Nad olid läinud kord isegi nii kaugele, et kuulutasid, et Jeesus peab surema, ent see oli esimene kord, mil Suurkohus soovis mõista ta surma enne kohtupidamist. See otsus ei läinud aga hääletusel läbi, sest nii ennekuulmatut ettepanekut kuuldes astus neliteist Suurkohtu liiget üheskoos tagasi. Ehkki nende tagasiastumise ametliku arutamiseni oli veel peaaegu kaks nädalat aega, tulid need neliteist tol päeval Suurkohtust ära ega ilmunud enam kunagi koosolekutele. Kui need tagasiastumised hiljem arutusele tulid, heideti välja veel viis liiget, kes olid nende kaaslaste arvates Jeesuse suhtes sõbralikult meelestatud. Pärast nende üheksateistkümne mehe väljaarvamist oli Suurkohtul võimalik Jeesus peaagu ühehäälselt süüdi mõista.

168:3.3 (1847.3) Time and again had this august body of Jewish leaders decreed that Jesus be apprehended and brought to trial on charges of blasphemy and numerous other accusations of flouting the Jewish sacred law. They had once before even gone so far as to declare he should die, but this was the first time the Sanhedrin had gone on record as desiring to decree his death in advance of a trial. But this resolution did not come to a vote since fourteen members of the Sanhedrin resigned in a body when such an unheard-of action was proposed. While these resignations were not formally acted upon for almost two weeks, this group of fourteen withdrew from the Sanhedrin on that day, never again to sit in the council. When these resignations were subsequently acted upon, five other members were thrown out because their associates believed they entertained friendly feelings toward Jesus. With the ejection of these nineteen men the Sanhedrin was in a position to try and to condemn Jesus with a solidarity bordering on unanimity.

Järgmisel nädalal kutsuti Laatsarus koos oma õdedega Suurkohtu ette. Pärast nende tunnistuste ärakuulamist ei saanud olla kahtlust, et Laatsarus oli surnuist üles äratatud. Ehkki Suurkohtu protokollis tegelikult tunnistati Laatsaruse ülesäratamist, omistati Jeesuse see ja muudki imeteod kuradivürstile, kellega Jeesus arvati liidus olevat.

168:3.4 (1847.4) The following week Lazarus and his sisters were summoned to appear before the Sanhedrin. When their testimony had been heard, no doubt could be entertained that Lazarus had been raised from the dead. Though the transactions of the Sanhedrin virtually admitted the resurrection of Lazarus, the record carried a resolution attributing this and all other wonders worked by Jesus to the power of the prince of devils, with whom Jesus was declared to be in league.

Kust iganes ka tema imettegev vägi pärines, olid juudi juhid veendunud, et kui tema tegevust viivitamatult ei lõpetata, hakkab üsna pea kogu lihtrahvas temasse uskuma ning lisaks tekivad tõsised komplikatsioonid Rooma ametivõimudega, sest nii paljud temasse uskujad pidasid teda messiaks, Iisraeli vabastajaks.

168:3.5 (1847.5) No matter what the source of his wonder-working power, these Jewish leaders were persuaded that, if he were not immediately stopped, very soon all the common people would believe in him; and further, that serious complications with the Roman authorities would arise since so many of his believers regarded him as the Messiah, Israel’s deliverer.

Tolsamal Suurkohtu istungil ütles ülempreester Kaifas esmakordselt välja tolle juudi vanasõna, mida ta hiljem nii sageli kordas: „Parem surgu üks inimene, kui et kogu rahvas hukkub.”

168:3.6 (1847.6) It was at this same meeting of the Sanhedrin that Caiaphas the high priest first gave expression to that old Jewish adage, which he so many times repeated: “It is better that one man die, than that the community perish.”

Jeesust hoiatati, mis Suurkohtus tol süngel reedesel pärastlõunal oli toimunud, ent ta polnud vähimalgi määral häiritud ja puhkas sabatipäeval oma sõpradega Betfages, ühes külas Betaania lähedal. Pühapäeva varahommikul kogunes Jeesus koos apostlitega, nagu kokku lepitud, Laatsaruse majja, ja pärast Betaania perega hüvasti jätmist alustasid nad tagasiteed Pella laagrisse.

168:3.7 (1847.7) Although Jesus had received warning of the doings of the Sanhedrin on this dark Friday afternoon, he was not in the least perturbed and continued resting over the Sabbath with friends in Bethpage, a hamlet near Bethany. Early Sunday morning Jesus and the apostles assembled, by prearrangement, at the home of Lazarus, and taking leave of the Bethany family, they started on their journey back to the Pella encampment.

4. Vastus palvele

4. The Answer to Prayer

Teel Betaaniast Pellasse esitasid apostlid Jeesusele palju küsimusi, Meister vastas lahkelt kõigile küsimustele peale nende, mis puudutasid surnute ülesäratamise üksikasju. Niisugused probleemid ületasid tema apostlite arusaamisvõimet, seepärast keeldus Meister neid küsimusi nendega arutamast. Et nad olid Betaaniast salaja lahkunud, reisisid nad üksi. Jeesus kasutas nüüd võimalust öelda teda saatvale kümnele paljusid asju, mis pidid neid ette valmistama vahetult ees seisvateks katsumustepäevadeks.

168:4.1 (1848.1) On the way from Bethany to Pella the apostles asked Jesus many questions, all of which the Master freely answered except those involving the details of the resurrection of the dead. Such problems were beyond the comprehension capacity of his apostles; therefore did the Master decline to discuss these questions with them. Since they had departed from Bethany in secret, they were alone. Jesus therefore embraced the opportunity to say many things to the ten which he thought would prepare them for the trying days just ahead.

Apostlite meeled olid väga elevil ja nad arutasid kaua oma hiljutisi kogemusi seoses palvetega ja neile vastuste saamisega. Nad kõik mäletasid, et Jeesus oli öelnud Betaania sõnumitoojale Filadelfias otsesõnu: „See haigus ei too tegelikult surma.” Ent hoolimata sellest lubadusest Laatsarus tegelikult siiski suri. Nad arutlesid kogu tolle päeva ikka ja jälle seda küsimust palvele saadavate vastuste kohta.

168:4.2 (1848.2) The apostles were much stirred up in their minds and spent considerable time discussing their recent experiences as they were related to prayer and its answering. They all recalled Jesus’ statement to the Bethany messenger at Philadelphia, when he said plainly, “This sickness is not really to the death.” And yet, in spite of this promise, Lazarus actually died. All that day, again and again, they reverted to the discussion of this question of the answer to prayer.

Jeesus vastas nende paljudele küsimustele kokkuvõttes järgmist:

168:4.3 (1848.3) Jesus’ answers to their many questions may be summarized as follows:

1. palve väljendab piiritletud meele püüdu läheneda Lõpmatule. Seepärast tuleb palve koostamisel piirduda piiritletud teadmiste, tarkuse ja omadustega; ka vastus on tingitud Lõpmatu nägemusest, eesmärkidest, ideaalidest ja eesõigustest. Palve koostamise ja sellele täieliku vaimse vastuse saamise vahel ei saa kunagi täheldada aineliste nähtuste katkematut järjepidevust;

168:4.4 (1848.4) 1. Prayer is an expression of the finite mind in an effort to approach the Infinite. The making of a prayer must, therefore, be limited by the knowledge, wisdom, and attributes of the finite; likewise must the answer be conditioned by the vision, aims, ideals, and prerogatives of the Infinite. There never can be observed an unbroken continuity of material phenomena between the making of a prayer and the reception of the full spiritual answer thereto.

2. kui palve jääb pealtnäha vastuseta, on viivitus sageli märk paremast vastusest, mis aga mingil põhjusel kaua viibib. Kui Jeesus ütles, et Laatsarusel pole tegelikult surmatõbi, oli ta juba üksteist tundi surnud olnud. Ükski siiras palve ei jää vastuseta, välja arvatud juhtudel, kui vaimumaailma kõrgemast vaatepunktist on kavandatud mõni parem vastus, mis rahuldab inimese vaimu ja mitte ainult inimese meele palvet;

168:4.5 (1848.5) 2. When a prayer is apparently unanswered, the delay often betokens a better answer, although one which is for some good reason greatly delayed. When Jesus said that Lazarus’s sickness was really not to the death, he had already been dead eleven hours. No sincere prayer is denied an answer except when the superior viewpoint of the spiritual world has devised a better answer, an answer which meets the petition of the spirit of man as contrasted with the prayer of the mere mind of man.

3. vaimust ajendatud ja usus väljendatud ajalikud palved on sageli nii ulatuslikud ja kõikehõlmavad, et neile võidakse vastata ainult igavikus; piiritletud palve on sageli niivõrd Lõpmatuse haardes, et vastus tuleb kauaks edasi lükata, ootamaks piisava vastuvõtuvõime tekkimist; usupalve võib olla nii kõikehõlmav, et vastus võidakse saada alles Paradiisis;

168:4.6 (1848.6) 3. The prayers of time, when indited by the spirit and expressed in faith, are often so vast and all-encompassing that they can be answered only in eternity; the finite petition is sometimes so fraught with the grasp of the Infinite that the answer must long be postponed to await the creation of adequate capacity for receptivity; the prayer of faith may be so all-embracing that the answer can be received only on Paradise.

4. vastused sureliku meele palvetele on sageli olemuselt niisugused, et neid võidakse vastu võtta ja tunnistada alles siis, kui seesama palvetav meel on jõudnud surematuse seisundisse. Ainelise olendi palvele võidakse sageli vastata alles siis, kui isik on jõudnud edasi vaimutasandile;

168:4.7 (1848.7) 4. The answers to the prayer of the mortal mind are often of such a nature that they can be received and recognized only after that same praying mind has attained the immortal state. The prayer of the material being can many times be answered only when such an individual has progressed to the spirit level.

5. Jumalat tundva isiku palve võib olla teadmatusest ja ebausust nii moonutatud, et sellele vastata oleks äärmiselt ebasoovitav. Siis peavad vahepealsed vaimolendid seda palvet niimoodi tõlkima, et saabuvas vastuses ei tunne paluja sugugi ära vastust oma palvele;

168:4.8 (1848.8) 5. The prayer of a God-knowing person may be so distorted by ignorance and so deformed by superstition that the answer thereto would be highly undesirable. Then must the intervening spirit beings so translate such a prayer that, when the answer arrives, the petitioner wholly fails to recognize it as the answer to his prayer.

6. kõik tõelised palved suunatakse vaimolenditele ja kõigile niisugustele palvetele tuleb vastata vaimsel kujul ning need vastused peavad koosnema vaimsetest reaalsustest. Vaimolendid ei saa anda ainelisi vastuseid isegi aineliste olendite vaimsetele palvetele. Ainelised olendid võivad tõhusalt palvetada ainult siis, kui nad „palvetavad vaimus”;

168:4.9 (1848.9) 6. All true prayers are addressed to spiritual beings, and all such petitions must be answered in spiritual terms, and all such answers must consist in spiritual realities. Spirit beings cannot bestow material answers to the spirit petitions of even material beings. Material beings can pray effectively only when they “pray in the spirit.”

7. palvele võib loota vastust vaid siis, kui see palve on sündinud vaimust ja toidetud usuga. Teie siiras usk eeldab, et te olete andnud oma palve kuuljatele tegelikult juba ette täieliku õiguse vastata teie palvetele kooskõlas selle ülima tarkuse ja jumaliku armastusega, millest need olendid, kelle poole te palvetate, teie usu kohaselt alati lähtuvad;

168:4.10 (1849.1) 7. No prayer can hope for an answer unless it is born of the spirit and nurtured by faith. Your sincere faith implies that you have in advance virtually granted your prayer hearers the full right to answer your petitions in accordance with that supreme wisdom and that divine love which your faith depicts as always actuating those beings to whom you pray.

8. lapsel on alati õigus oma vanemale palvet esitada ja vanem täidab oma ebaküpse lapse ees alati vanemakohustusi, kui ta kõrgem tarkus nõuab lapse palvele vastamisega viivitamist, vastuse muutmist, osadeks eraldamist, vastusega palve ületamist või vastuse edasilükkamist vaimse tõusutee mõne teise etapini;

168:4.11 (1849.2) 8. The child is always within his rights when he presumes to petition the parent; and the parent is always within his parental obligations to the immature child when his superior wisdom dictates that the answer to the child’s prayer be delayed, modified, segregated, transcended, or postponed to another stage of spiritual ascension.

9. ärge kõhelge palvetamast vaimse igatsuse palveid; ärge kahelge, kas te saate oma palvetele vastuse. Need vastused hoitakse alal, ootamas, kuni te jõuate neile tegelike kosmiliste saavutuste vaimsetele tasemetele, kus teil on võimalik oma varajastele, kuid enneaegsetele palvetele antud ja teid juba ammu ees ootavaid vastuseid ära tunda ja vastu võtta;

168:4.12 (1849.3) 9. Do not hesitate to pray the prayers of spirit longing; doubt not that you shall receive the answer to your petitions. These answers will be on deposit, awaiting your achievement of those future spiritual levels of actual cosmic attainment, on this world or on others, whereon it will become possible for you to recognize and appropriate the long-waiting answers to your earlier but ill-timed petitions.

10. kõik tõelised vaimust sündinud palved saavad kindlasti vastuse. Paluge ja teile antakse. Ent pidage meeles, et te olete aja ja ruumi arenevad loodud-olendid; seepärast peate oma paljude palvete täielike vastuste isikliku vastuvõtmise kogemuses pidevalt arvestama aegruumi tegurit.

168:4.13 (1849.4) 10. All genuine spirit-born petitions are certain of an answer. Ask and you shall receive. But you should remember that you are progressive creatures of time and space; therefore must you constantly reckon with the time-space factor in the experience of your personal reception of the full answers to your manifold prayers and petitions.

5. Mis sai Laatsarusest

5. What Became of Lazarus

Laatsarus jäi oma koju Betaaniasse ja pakkus paljudele siirastele uskujatele ja arvukatele uudishimulikele suurt huvi kuni Jeesuse ristilöömise nädalani, mil teda hoiatati, et Suurkohus oli käskinud ta hukata. Juutide valitsejad olid otsustanud peatada Jeesuse õpetuste edasise leviku ja teadsid hästi, et Jeesuse surmamisest poleks kasu, kui Laatsarusel, kelles tema imeteod olid kulmineerunud, lubataks elada ja kinnitada fakti, et Jeesus oli ta surnuist üles äratanud. Laatsarus oligi juba kannatanud nende kibeda tagakiusamise all.

168:5.1 (1849.5) Lazarus remained at the Bethany home, being the center of great interest to many sincere believers and to numerous curious individuals, until the days of the crucifixion of Jesus, when he received warning that the Sanhedrin had decreed his death. The rulers of the Jews were determined to put a stop to the further spread of the teachings of Jesus, and they well judged that it would be useless to put Jesus to death if they permitted Lazarus, who represented the very peak of his wonder-working, to live and bear testimony to the fact that Jesus had raised him from the dead. Already had Lazarus suffered bitter persecution from them.

Seepärast lahkus Laatsarus kiiresti Betaaniast oma õdede juurest, põgenedes läbi Jeeriko ja üle Jordani, lubamata endale pikemat puhkust enne, kui jõudis Filadelfiasse. Laatsarus tundis Abnerit hästi ja oli kindel, et on siin õela Suurkohtu mõrvaintriigide eest kaitstud.

168:5.2 (1849.6) And so Lazarus took hasty leave of his sisters at Bethany, fleeing down through Jericho and across the Jordan, never permitting himself to rest long until he had reached Philadelphia. Lazarus knew Abner well, and here he felt safe from the murderous intrigues of the wicked Sanhedrin.

Varsti pärast seda müüsid Marta ja Maarja Betaanias oma maad ja läksid venna juurde Pereasse. Laatsarusest oli vahepeal saanud Filadelfia kiriku varahoidja. Ta toetas Abnerit kindlalt tolle vastuoludes Pauluse ja Jeruusalemma kirikuga ning suri lõpuks 67-aastasena samasse haigusesse, mis oli ta Betaanias noorema mehena hauda viinud.

168:5.3 (1849.7) Soon after this Martha and Mary disposed of their lands at Bethany and joined their brother in Perea. Meantime, Lazarus had become the treasurer of the church at Philadelphia. He became a strong supporter of Abner in his controversy with Paul and the Jerusalem church and ultimately died, when 67 years old, of the same sickness that carried him off when he was a younger man at Bethany.





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