An Adventure in Bethany, Part 1

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#226: “An Adventure in Bethany, Part 1”
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John 11:1-12:11
1Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.2This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.3So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick."4When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."5Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.6Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.7Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."8"But Rabbi," they said, "a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?"9Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world's light.10It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light."11After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up."12His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better."13Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.14So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead,15and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."16Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.18Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.21"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died.22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."23Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."24Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."25Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"27"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."28And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. "The Teacher is here," she said, "and is asking for you."29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.31When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.34"Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied.35Jesus wept.36Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"37But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.39"Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days."40Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me.42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."45Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.47Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. "What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "Here is this man performing many miraculous signs.48If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."49Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, "You know nothing at all!50You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish."51He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation,52and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.53So from that day on they plotted to take his life.54Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews. Instead he withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.55When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover.56They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple area they asked one another, "What do you think? Isn't he coming to the Feast at all?"57But the chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone found out where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might arrest him.==Chapter 12==1Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.2Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.3Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.4But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,5"Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages."6He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.7"Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.8You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."9Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.10So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well,11for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.
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An Adventure in Bethany, Part 1
“An Adventure in Bethany, Part 1” is episode #226 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on April 3, 1993.

Summary[edit]

Lucy Cunningham-Schultz wants to learn about cities in the Bible, so Whit sends her into Bethany and later joins her. The adventure becomes all the more incredible when the two witness a person being raised from the dead!

Plot[edit]

The Sunday school committee has asked Lucy to write a series of articles about towns and cities of the Bible. So Whit sends Lucy back to first century Bethany, a suburb of Jerusalem. Later, he joins her there, and the two of them experience an adventure full of intrigue. They see an attempted murder, the anointing of a king, the raising of a man from the dead, and, best of all, the sacrifice, forgiveness, and love of Christ.

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Discussion Questions[edit]

  1. Lucy thought it was okay to miss a few church services in order to write the Bible articles. Why was that wrong to do?
  2. Why were the rabbis and religious leaders of Lazarus’s time so afraid of Jesus?
  3. How would you have reacted if you were there when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead?

Cast[edit]

Role Voice Actor
Ishod Herb Ellis
Jeduthun Parley Baer
Jesus Christ Brian Cummings
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Lazarus Matt Hurwitz
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Martha Lucille Bliss
Mary Pamela Hayden
Thomas Unknown

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  • “An Adventure in Bethany” was the first time Whit went into the Imagination Station to experience history.
  • These episodes were made into an AIO Activity Pack, Lazarus, Come Forth!, Volume 3.
  • In "It Is Well", Lucy says, "We sing mostly praise songs in my church," making it clear that she and Mr. Whittaker do not attend the same church. However, here, Whit notices that Lucy was not at church and approaches her about it.

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