Isaiah 40:22-26
    22It is God Who sits above the circle (the horizon) of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; it is He Who stretches out the heavens like [gauze] curtains and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in,
    23Who brings dignitaries to nothing, Who makes the judges and rulers of the earth as chaos (emptiness, falsity, and futility).
    24Yes, these men are scarcely planted, scarcely are they sown, scarcely does their stock take root in the earth, when [the Lord] blows upon them and they wither, and the whirlwind or tempest takes them away like stubble.
    25To whom then will you liken Me, that I should be equal to him? says the Holy One.
    26Lift up your eyes on high and see! Who has created these [stars]? He Who brings out their host by number and calls them all by name; through the greatness of His might and because He is strong in power, not one is missing or lacks anything.


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If you were out in space looking toward the earth and you could see all the people who have ever lived since the world began, alive at the same time, running here and there all over the earth, busying themselves with this and that, you might think we all look like insignificant grasshoppers ― or rats, or perhaps even cockroaches ― to God.
 
One cockroach looks like another, acts like another, runs here and there spreading disease like another. They all seem to look alike. Why would God care about this cockroach or that cockroach?
 
There are billions of them! Why choose one or two of these insignificant pests, singling them out, separating them from their multitudes?
 
And why would God have ever decided to make all these insignificant cockroaches, anyway? What purpose could there be in billions of disease-carrying, insignificant cockroaches?
 
You might say within yourself, where no one else hears, that you have an unspoken agreement with God — you’ll try to be good so that He will not destroy you as speedily and as decidedly as you destroy every cockroach you see.
 
Perhaps, deep within your heart, you wonder if God even knows you are alive.
 
Perhaps, deep down, when you saw in that opening passage that God calls all the stars by name, you wished He knew you by name.
 
Then again, if He’s an enraged judge in the sky, as you fear, you don’t want Him to know your name. After all, the first step in sentencing a prisoner to punishment is when the judge calls the offender by name!
 
Better, once the angry judge in the sky notices the sacrifices you are making in your day-to-day life to be good, to “perform” so that He doesn’t destroy you, perhaps He will leave you alone.
 
Perhaps you’re investigating this website hoping that if you make another effort to get to know about God, or at least acknowledge His existence a little bit, He will at least tolerate your existence and turn His attention to those cockroaches who aren’t trying as hard to be good.
 
If any of these thoughts have gone through your mind, your life is about to be transformed and you will never, ever be the same again.
 
In fact, may we pray for you right now? We’re quoting from Ephesians 3:17-19 in the New International Version of the Bible:
 
May Christ dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
 
Amen.


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Because God created all things, God is the Father of all things. Throughout the Gospels [the Bible books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which detail Jesus’ ministry and teachings], Jesus says we can call God our Father, too.
 
Jesus cannot lie. That is proven in the section Jesus’ Sacrifice.
 
In John 16:27, Jesus says to you that “the Father Himself tenderly loves you.” Tenderly.
 
For many more proofs from the Bible about God’s love for you as your Father, perhaps you’d be more convinced of His individual love for you as His child if you go to the section named He Names Himself Father before you continue reading in this section.
 
Though this passage from Ephesians 1 speaks of “us” and “we,” as you read it, please apply it to yourself individually. Father God’s love is individually directed toward you ― who you are today, who you were in the past, and who you will become in the future:
 
Ephesians 1:2-23
    2May grace (God's unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
    3May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!
    4Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.
    5For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]--
    6[So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
    7In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,
    8Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence),
    9Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him,
    10[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.
    11In Him we also were made [God's] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will,
    12So that we who first hoped in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory!
    13In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit.
    14That [Spirit] is the guarantee of our inheritance [the firstfruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage], in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring [complete] possession of it--to the praise of His glory.
    15For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints (the people of God),
    16I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.
    17[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
    18By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
    19And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,
    20Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places],
    21Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.
    22And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church],
    23Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself].

 
Here, too, these verses from the Bible apply to you, individually:
 
Romans 8:32-35
    32He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?
    33Who shall bring any charge against God's elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits [frees] us?]
    34Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?
    35Who shall ever separate us from Christ's love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword?
 
Romans 8:37-39
    37Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
    38For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
    39Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
Romans 8:28-30
    28We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
    29For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.
    30And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being].


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People throughout the nations might agree with one man when he wrote:
 
"God is to me that creative Force, behind and in the universe, Who manifests Himself as energy, as life, as order, as beauty, as thought, as conscience, as love."
 
There is only one God, and His entire Being radiates love, love, love. His every action is done in Love, motivated by Love. His love is personalized for our individual needs and desires, and extended toward each of us for our best individual good.
 
Human words cannot begin to express the majesty and splendor of Who He is, but if you were to try to define the height and length and depth of God the I AM, including all qualities of His nature, character, and Personality — all the aspects which define His Being — you would start with the one foundational word which supports every other virtue: Love.
 
If we could define the un-definable God, and if someone limited us to using only one word to define His un-definable nature, character, and Personality, Love would be God’s definition.
 
Love is not only God’s definition. Love is the foundational source of every one of Father God’s thoughts and actions. Actually, His Love is much more than that.
 
From eternity to eternity, Love undergirds, Love supports, Love encircles, Love births, Love speaks, and Love brings into existence His every thought, word, and action.
 
Love is so completely the essence of Father God that Love cannot be separated from Who He Is.
 
Our Loving Father God desires that you know Him as He knows you.
 
Christians throughout the ages have called the Bible “God’s love letter.” Would you agree that a love letter is a letter written by one person for two purposes —to reveal the heart of the sender, and to proclaim love?
 
Through the Bible, God’s love letter, He has written to us about Himself so that we could know His heart of love for each one of us.
 
As you look at different places on this website, you may know about God. Your mind might be filled with some facts you’ve learned about Him. But the desire of His Father’s heart toward you is not that you learn new facts about Him.
 
Instead, His desire is that you know Him — from your heart — at a deeper level than you know Him in your mind.
 
With these truths in mind, let’s look at other verses which describe your Father God’s love for you, individually.


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God, Who names Himself your Father, proves His love and His nature and character when He assures:
 
Exodus 20:6
    6But showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Exodus 33:11-17
    11And the Lord spoke with Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Moses returned to the camp, but his minister Joshua, a young man, did not depart from the [prayer] tent.
    12Moses said to the Lord, See, You say to me, Bring up this people, but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You said, I know you by name and you have also found favor in My sight.
    13Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly] and that I may find favor in Your sight. And [Lord, do] consider that this nation is Your people.
    14And the Lord said, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.
    15And Moses said to the Lord, If Your Presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here!
    16For by what shall it be known that I and Your people have found favor in Your sight? Is it not in Your going with us so that we are distinguished, I and Your people, from all the other people upon the face of the earth?
    17And the Lord said to Moses I will do this thing also that you have asked, for you have found favor, loving-kindness, and mercy in My sight and I know you personally and by name.
 
Exodus 33:18-22
    18And Moses said, I beseech You, show me Your glory.
    19And God said, I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim My name, THE LORD, before you; for I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy and loving-kindness on whom I will show mercy and loving-kindness.
    20But, He said, You can not see My face, for no man shall see Me and live.
    21And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place beside Me, and you shall stand upon the rock,
    22And while My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.
 
Exodus 34:6
    6And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord! the Lord! a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness and truth,
 
Deuteronomy 5:10
    10And showing mercy and steadfast love to thousands and to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Psalm 89:24-26
    24My faithfulness and My mercy and loving-kindness shall be with him, and in My name shall his horn be exalted [great power and prosperity shall be conferred upon him].
    25I will set his hand in control also on the Sea, and his right hand on the rivers.
    26He shall cry to Me, You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!
 
Psalm 89:28
    28My mercy and loving-kindness will I keep for him forevermore, and My covenant shall stand fast and be faithful with him.
 
Psalm 91:14-16
    14Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness--trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
    15He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
    16With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.
 
Isaiah 43:4-7
    4Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and because I love you, I will give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life.
    5Fear not, for I AM with you; I will bring your offspring from the east and gather you from the west.
    6I will say to the north, Give up! and to the south, Keep not back. Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth--
    7Even everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, whom I have made.
 
Isaiah 54: 10
    10For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.
 
Jeremiah 9:23-24
    23Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches;
    24But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I AM the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.
 
Jeremiah 31:3
    3The Lord appeared from of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.
 
Hosea 2:19-20
    19And I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy.
    20I will even betroth you to Me in stability and in faithfulness, and you shall know (recognize, be acquainted with, appreciate, give heed to, and cherish) the Lord.
 
Hosea 2:21-23
    21And in that day I will respond, says the Lord; I will respond to the heavens [which ask for rain to pour on the earth], and they shall respond to the earth [which begs for the rain it needs],
    22And the earth shall respond to the grain and the wine and the oil [which beseech it to bring them forth], and these shall respond to Jezreel.
    23And I will sow her for Myself anew in the land, and I will have love, pity [compassion], and mercy for her who had not obtained love, pity, and mercy; and I will say to those who were not My people, You are My people, and they shall say, You are my God!
 
Hosea 11:3-4
    3Yet I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms or taking them up in My arms, but they did not know that I healed them.
    4I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love, and I was to them as one who lifts up and eases the yoke over their cheeks, and I bent down to them and gently laid food before them.
 
Zephaniah 3:17
    17The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.
 
Revelation 3:19
    19Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].


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Jesus, Whom the Bible says is the perfect representation of God, continues to display the nature and character of God as Father:
 
Mark 10:17-27
    17And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, Teacher, [You are essentially and perfectly morally] good, what must I do to inherit eternal life [that is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah's kingdom]?
    18And Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? There is no one [essentially and perfectly morally] good--except God alone.
    19You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.
    20And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully guarded and observed all these and taken care not to violate them from my boyhood.
    21And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him, You lack one thing; go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [walking the same road that I walk].
    22At that saying the man's countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions.
    23And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, With what difficulty will those who possess wealth and keep on holding it enter the kingdom of God!
    24And the disciples were amazed and bewildered and perplexed at His words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust (place their confidence, their sense of safety) in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
    25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
    26And they were shocked and exceedingly astonished, and said to Him and to one another, Then who can be saved?
    27Jesus glanced around at them and said, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.
 
John 3:14-17
    14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross],
    15In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!
    16For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
    17For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
 
John 3:35
    35The Father loves the Son and has given (entrusted, committed) everything into His hand.
 
John 5:18-47
    18This made the Jews more determined than ever to kill Him [to do away with Him]; because He not only was breaking (weakening, violating) the Sabbath, but He actually was speaking of God as being [in a special sense] His own Father, making Himself equal [putting Himself on a level] with God.
    19So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].
    20The Father dearly loves the Son and discloses to (shows) Him everything that He Himself does. And He will disclose to Him (let Him see) greater things yet than these, so that you may marvel and be full of wonder and astonishment.
    21Just as the Father raises up the dead and gives them life [makes them live on], even so the Son also gives life to whomever He wills and is pleased to give it.
    22Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment (the last judgment and the whole business of judging) entirely into the hands of the Son,
    23So that all men may give honor (reverence, homage) to the Son just as they give honor to the Father. [In fact] whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, Who has sent Him.
    24I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.
    25Believe Me when I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the time is coming and is here now when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear it shall live.
    26For even as the Father has life in Himself and is self-existent, so He has given to the Son to have life in Himself and be self-existent.
    27And He has given Him authority and granted Him power to execute (exercise, practice) judgment because He is a Son of man [very man].
    28Do not be surprised and wonder at this, for the time is coming when all those who are in the tombs shall hear His voice,
    29And they shall come out--those who have practiced doing good [will come out] to the resurrection of [new] life, and those who have done evil will be raised for judgment [raised to meet their sentence].
    30 I AM able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord--but only as I AM taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I AM bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.
    31If I alone testify in My behalf, My testimony is not valid and cannot be worth anything.
    32There is Another Who testifies concerning Me, and I know and am certain that His evidence on My behalf is true and valid.
    33You yourselves have sent [an inquiry] to John and he has been a witness to the truth.
    34But I do not receive [a mere] human witness [the evidence which I accept on My behalf is not from man]; but I simply mention all these things in order that you may be saved (made and kept safe and sound).
    35John was the lamp that kept on burning and shining [to show you the way], and you were willing for a while to delight (sun) yourselves in his light.
    36But I have as My witness something greater (weightier, higher, better) than that of John; for the works that the Father has appointed Me to accomplish and finish, the very same works that I AM now doing, are a witness and proof that the Father has sent Me.
    37And the Father Who sent Me has Himself testified concerning Me. Not one of you has ever given ear to His voice or seen His form (His face--what He is like). [You have always been deaf to His voice and blind to the vision of Him.]
    38And you have not His word (His thought) living in your hearts, because you do not believe and adhere to and trust in and rely on Him Whom He has sent. [That is why you do not keep His message living in you, because you do not believe in the Messenger Whom He has sent.]
    39You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me!
    40And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.
    41I receive not glory from men [I crave no human honor, I look for no mortal fame],
    42But I know you and recognize and understand that you have not the love of God in you.
    43I have come in My Father's Name and with His power, and you do not receive Me [your hearts are not open to Me, you give Me no welcome]; but if another comes in his own name and his own power and with no other authority but himself, you will receive him and give him your approval.
    44How is it possible for you to believe [how can you learn to believe], you who [are content to seek and] receive praise and honor and glory from one another, and yet do not seek the praise and honor and glory which come from Him Who alone is God?
    45Put out of your minds the thought and do not suppose [as some of you are supposing] that I will accuse you before the Father. There is one who accuses you--it is Moses, the very one on whom you have built your hopes [in whom you trust].
    46For if you believed and relied on Moses, you would believe and rely on Me, for he wrote about Me [personally].
    47But if you do not believe and trust his writings, how then will you believe and trust My teachings? [How shall you cleave to and rely on My words?]
 
John 11:1-44
    1Now a certain man named Lazarus was ill. He was of Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived.
    2This Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was [now] sick.
    3So the sisters sent to Him, saying, Lord, he whom You love [so well] is sick.
    4When Jesus received the message, He said, This sickness is not to end in death; but [on the contrary] it is to honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.
    5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. [They were His dear friends, and He held them in loving esteem.]
    6Therefore [even] when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still stayed two days longer in the same place where He was.
    7Then after that interval He said to His disciples, Let us go back again to Judea.
    8The disciples said to Him, Rabbi, the Jews only recently were intending and trying to stone You, and are You [thinking of] going back there again?
    9Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? Anyone who walks about in the daytime does not stumble, because he sees [by] the light of this world.
    10But if anyone walks about in the night, he does stumble, because there is no light in him [the light is lacking to him].
    11He said these things, and then added, Our friend Lazarus is at rest and sleeping; but I AM going there that I may awaken him out of his sleep.
    12The disciples answered, Lord, if he is sleeping, he will recover.
    13However, Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He referred to falling into a refreshing and natural sleep.
    14So then Jesus told them plainly, Lazarus is dead,
    15And for your sake I AM glad that I was not there; it will help you to believe (to trust and rely on Me). However, let us go to him.
    16Then Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, Let us go too, that we may die [be killed] along with Him.
    17So when Jesus arrived, He found that he [Lazarus] had already been in the tomb four days.
    18Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away,
    19And a considerable number of the Jews had gone out to see Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
    20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him, while Mary remained sitting in the house.
    21Martha then said to Jesus, Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
    22And even now I know that whatever You ask from God, He will grant it to You.
    23Jesus said to her, Your brother shall rise again.
    24Martha replied, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
    25Jesus said to her, I AM [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live;
    26And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this?
    27She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I have believed [I do believe] that You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), the Son of God, [even He] Who was to come into the world. [It is for Your coming that the world has waited.]
    28After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, privately whispering to her, The Teacher is close at hand and is asking for you.
    29When she heard this, she sprang up quickly and went to Him.
    30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the same spot where Martha had met Him.
    31When the Jews who were sitting with her in the house and consoling her saw how hastily Mary had arisen and gone out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to pour out her grief there.
    32When Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she dropped down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
    33When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who came with her [also] sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. [He chafed in spirit and sighed and was disturbed.]
    34And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Lord, come and see.
    35Jesus wept.
    36The Jews said, See how [tenderly] He loved him!
    37But some of them said, Could not He Who opened a blind man's eyes have prevented this man from dying?
    38Now Jesus, again sighing repeatedly and deeply disquieted, approached the tomb. It was a cave (a hole in the rock), and a boulder lay against [the entrance to close] it.
    39Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of the dead man, exclaimed, But Lord, by this time he [is decaying and] throws off an offensive odor, for he has been dead four days!
    40Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?
    41So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
    42Yes, I know You always hear and listen to Me, but I have said this on account of and for the benefit of the people standing around, so that they may believe that You did send Me [that You have made Me Your Messenger].
    43When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out!
    44And out walked the man who had been dead, his hands and feet wrapped in burial cloths (linen strips), and with a [burial] napkin bound around his face. Jesus said to them, Free him of the burial wrappings and let him go.