Jesus recomposes rotting Lazarus in the sepulchre and resurrects him. By Joseph Costa

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As Jesus Christ's own Resurrection, in His Humanity, from the dead is the Mighty Rock upon which Christianity stands, then Jesus recomposing rotting Lazarus in the sepulchre and resurrecting him, must surely be at least a small pebble of some significance somewhere alongside Him, in second place.

Of course, Jesus, in His Divinity, can never die, as He is immortal as the Father and the Holy Spirit are, as likewise immortal are our own individual created souls.

Entrance into everlasting Heaven, of the most Holy Bible, is now [since Redemption in 33 A.D.] open to all peoples, not by right, but by merit. Entrance has to be earned, without exemptions. "Heaven is - for all - a conquest.  Hard.  Long.  And certain only for those who persevere in good will, to the end of their existence." There are NO human preferences with God. And there are NO races in Heaven. And there are NO other heavens.

If what follows below is too much for you to read and absorb, then read and absorb a paragraph or a chapter a day. One reading will not suffice.

BACKGROUND TO THE 'INELUCTABLE' LAZARUS MIRACLE

At the time of Jesus' three years' evangelisation on earth, circa the end of the second year or early in the third, Jesus went to evangelise in Kedesh, which was then a Levitical town and a city of refuge in the nature as specified in the Old Testament of the most Holy Bible.  [Joshua 20.7; Numbers 35.1-8]

There, inside the crowded synagogue, at the end of Jesus' sermon, the usual hissing snakes, the then scribes and pharisees [Matthew 23.1-39], a mob of them, said that they would believe in Him as being the Messiah and the Son of God if He were to recompose and revive an already decomposed body, saying further that only God could create a living body from mud. And then they went further again, additionally wanting a further proof: a sign.  [Matthew 16.4 ?]  Those snakes, most of whom were rich landowners, weren't satisfied with the countless beautiful miracles that Jesus had already worked, nor with the beauty and truthfulness of the Doctrine He espoused and propagated: the Gospel, Truth. In reality, though, they were merely looking for a loophole, for an excuse, any pretext whatsoever in order to discredit Him and what He stood for, in order to destroy Him. They failed.

As we now all know, Lazarus of Bethany, of Theophilus, was to be the decomposed body to be recomposed and rise again, and that's why Jesus delayed His journey to Bethany when Lazarus was dying in pain with holy resignation, without rebelling, rotting and stinking somewhat while yet still alive. And the sign to be given by Jesus was the sign of real Jewish prophet Jonah. Those hissing snakes could not possibly know that Jonah was the figure of Jesus' own Death and Resurrection.  [Matthew 16.4]

Holy Lazarus was Jesus' best friend, but he had somehow caught some sort of disease, unspecified, but seemingly gangrene of his legs that spread on, and he was rotting away even before he had died. Lazarus knew that his pain and sufferings were for the redemption of his sinful public sister, Mary Magdalene - a very beautiful Jewess with long blond hair down to her knees.

Martha, a holy Jewess and a single woman, and Mary Magdalene, a Jewess and a divorcée and a forgiven repentant public sinner, were the two sisters of Lazarus of Bethany; and all three of them were the adult children of Theophilus, a Syrian, their father, and of Eucheria, a Jewess, their mother - blond and very beautiful like her daughter Mary Magdalene.

We usually read, about Jesus resurrecting Lazarus of Bethany, in the New Testament of the most Holy Bible [John 11.1-56], but the vision that Jesus gave to holy mystic Maria Valtorta, reproduced below, gives us a more fuller account of what had transpired; and thereby enriches us with a better understanding of Jesus our Lord God, and of His 'ineluctable' miracle, that's followed on by an explanatory Commentary from Him.

Jesus wants all of us to make a special effort - not a casual or indifferent or a lazy grumble read - to know Him better; and labouring to gain 'knowledge of God, is love of God,' and it's also spirituality: prayer.

Jesus tells us, that:

 "Too many souls [men] no longer have a nest in faith simply because they are not aware, they do not know Me. The poor recollection of a God-Man dying on a Cross is not knowledge of Me. Knowledge of Me is to know all the forms of Christ's evangelisation, of Christ's sacrifice, of the love of Christ, Man and God."

"The knowledge of Me helps to ascend. My Word is Life."

In severity, though, Jesus warns the negators of His revealed Truths to Maria Valtorta, that:

 "... there must clearly be a punishment for those who do not want to hear Me in the words you [Maria Valtorta] write under My dictation."

At Bethany, there were many, many people who witnessed Jesus resurrecting rotting Lazarus from the dead, including Jesus' apostles; scribes, pharisees, sadducees, rabbis, and some members of the then Jewish Sanhedrin (most of whom are now in Hell); Lazarus' servants and friends; Martha and Mary Magdalene's visitors; some residents of Bethany; and some disciples of Jesus. Many people.

Lazarus' soul was not allowed to remember anything about his stay in Limbo while Lazarus' body was rotting away, becoming putrefaction in the sepulchre.

AT LAST, JESUS ARRIVES IN BETHANY

Pursuant to the vision that Jesus gave to holy mystic and 'victim soul,' Maria Valtorta - the "pen of Jesus," being an invisible observer therein:

 "[Maria Valtorta narrates the vision, being an invisible observer therein:]

  "[Maria Valtorta speaks:]  ... ... ... ... Martha comes out of the house with a group of [then] Judaean  [N.B.: the English translator of Maria Valtorta's Italian narrative calls the Jews, 'Judaeans']  visitors among whom there are Helkai and Sadoc. With her hand she shades her eyes tired of weeping from the sun, as the light hurts them, so that she may see where is Jesus. She sees Him. She departs from those accompanying her and she runs towards Jesus Who is at a few steps from the fountain shining in the sunshine. She throws herself at Jesus' Feet after bowing to Him and kisses Them, while bursting into tears she says:

 [N.B.: Jesus would most probably have been wearing sandals; and so Martha, and likewise Mary Magdalene and Lazarus below, would most likely have kissed His Feet proper, not His sandals or His shoes.]

 [Martha speaks:]

  " 'Peace to You, Master!'  [= Jesus]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Jesus also, as soon as she [Martha] is close to Him, says to her [while He's still holding the hand of little Mark, who had previously received two mighty slaps to his face seemingly by the enemies of Jesus, for having attempted to announce to the two sisters, the arrival of Jesus, in Bethany]:

 [Jesus replies to Martha:]

 " « Peace to you! »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  and He raises His Hand to bless her, releasing the hand of the boy [little Mark], who is taken by Bartholomew [= Nathaniel = one of the 12 apostles] and held a little back.

 "Martha goes on:

 [Martha speaks:]

 " 'But there is no more peace for Your servant.' [= Martha]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Still on her knees she looks up at Jesus and with a cry of grief that is clearly heard in the prevailing silence she exclaims:

  [Martha exclaims:]

 " 'Lazarus is dead! If You [Jesus] had been here, he would not have died. Why did You not come sooner, Master?'

 [Martha, and likewise Mary Magdalene, obviously did not know - as today many people also do not know - that: « You do not ask 'why' of Him [God] Who knows. » - as Jesus once told even His own Holy Mother, Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit also tells us that we must never ask God, 'why.']

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  There is an unintentional tone of reproach in her question. She [= Martha] then reverts to the depressed tone of one who no longer has the strength to reproach and whose only comfort is to recollect the last acts and wishes of a relative to whom one has tried to give what he wanted, and there is therefore no remorse in one's heart, and she says:

 [Martha speaks:]

 " 'Lazarus, our brother, has called You [Jesus] so much!... Now, see! I am grieved and Mary [= Mary Magdalene] is weeping and she cannot set her mind at rest. And he [Lazarus] is no longer here! You know how much we [sororally] loved him! We were hoping everything from You!...'

 [Lazarus was Jesus' best friend, and the first person empowered by Him, about a week before His Crucifixion, to forgive sins in His Name. The remaining 11 apostles followed suit, but only some time later, after His Resurrection.]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  A murmur of pity for the woman [Martha] and of reproach for Jesus is heard, approving the understood thought:

 [Martha continues:]

 " '... and You [Jesus] could have satisfied our request because we deserve it for the love we have for You, whereas You have disappointed us'

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  and the murmur passes from one group to the next one as people shake their heads or cast derisory glances. Only the few secret disciples mingled with the crowd look compassionately at Jesus, Who, pale and sad, listens to the grieved woman speaking to Him. Gamaliel [then a haughty rabbi that very much later converted, in secret, to Christianity, but only when he was very old and blind], his arms folded across his chest in his wide rich robe of very fine wool adorned with blue tassels, a little apart in a group of young men among whom is his son [Simeon] and Joseph Barnabas, stares at Jesus, without hatred and without love.

 "Martha, after wiping her face, resumes:

[Martha continues:]

" 'But even now I hope because I know that whatever You ask of God, He will grant You.'

[Hope is a theological virtue, along with Faith and Charity.]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  A sorrowful heroic profession of faith uttered in a trembling weeping voice, with her eyes full of anxiety and her heart throbbing with the last hope.

 [Jesus replies:]

 " « Your brother will rise again. Stand up, Martha. »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Martha stands up, stooping out of respect before Jesus to Whom she replies:

 [Martha replies:]

 " 'I know, Master [Jesus]. He [Lazarus] will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.'

 [Jesus speaks:]

 " « I am the Resurrection and Life. Whoever believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. And whoever believes and lives in Me will never die. Do you believe all that? »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Jesus, Who had previously spoken in a rather low voice, addressing Martha only, raises His Voice when saying these sentences in which He proclaims His power of God, and its perfect timbre resounds like a golden blare in the vast garden. The people present quiver with an emotion resembling fear. Then some sneer shaking their heads.

 "Martha, into whom Jesus seems to wish to instil a stronger and stronger hope by holding His Hand on her shoulder, raises her lowered head. She raises it towards Jesus staring with her sad eyes at the Christ's bright Ones and [Martha] pressing her hands against her breast with a different anxiety she replies:

 [Martha replies:]

 " 'Yes, I do, my Lord. I believe all that. I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, that You have come to the world and that You can do everything You want. I believe. I am now going to tell Mary'

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  and she [Martha] disappears quickly into the house.

 "Jesus remains where He was. That is, He takes a few steps forward and approaches the flower-bed that surrounds the basin of the fountain. The flower-bed is strewn on one side with the diamond drops of the very fine droplets of water of the jet, blown to that side by a light breeze, like silver down, and Jesus seems to be lost in contemplating the fish wriggle in the limpid water and play describing silver commas and golden reflections in the crystalline water shining in the sunshine.

 "The Judaeans [the then Jews in Lazarus' estate] are watching Him [Jesus]. They have involuntarily divided into clearly distinct groups. On one side, in front of Jesus, all those who are hostile to Him, usually separated from one another by sectarian spirit [i.e. separated by differing interpretations of, or theories about, the Scriptures], but now concordant in opposing Jesus.  Beside Him [Jesus], behind the apostles who have been joined by James of Zebedee, there are Joseph [of Arimathea - an elder], Nicodemus and others who are well-disposed to Him. Farther away there is Gamaliel, still in the same place and attitude, and all alone, because his son and disciples have parted from him and joined the two main groups to be closer to Jesus.

 "With her usual cry:

[Mary Magdalene arrives, and exclaims:]

" 'Rabboni!'

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Mary [= Mary Magdalene] runs out of the house with her arms stretched out towards Jesus and throws herself at His Feet, which she kisses sobbing deeply. Several Judaeans [Jews] who were in the house with her and who have followed her, weep with her with doubtful sincerity. Also Maximinus, Marcella, Sara, Naomi [= 4 servants] have followed Mary [= Mary Magdalene], as well as all the servants and their wailing is loud and high-pitched. I think that there is no one left in the house. When Martha sees Mary [= Mary Magdalene] cry thus, she cries copiously, too.

 [Jesus replies, in a low voice, to Mary Magdalene:]

  " « Peace to you, Mary. Stand up! Look at Me! Why weep thus, like one who has no hope? »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Jesus stoops to say these words in a low voice, His Eyes staring at Mary's, who on her knees, relaxing on her heels, stretches her hands towards Him imploringly and is unable to speak, so deep is her sobbing:

  [Jesus speaks to Mary Magdalene:]

 " « Did I not tell you to hope beyond what is credible in order to see the glory of God? Has your Master [Jesus] perhaps changed, that you are so depressed? »

  [From eternity to eternity, God, Jesus, never changes. {Hebrews 13.8}]

"[Maria Valtorta continues:]  But Mary [Mary Magdalene] does not listen to the Words that aim at preparing her for too great a joy after so much anguish, and being able to speak at last, she shouts:

 [Mary Magdalene speaks, loudly:]

 " 'Oh! Lord! Why did You not come sooner? Why did You go away from us? You knew that Lazarus was ill! If You had been here my brother would not have died. Why did You not come? I still had to prove to him that I [sororally] loved him. He should have lived. I had to show him that I persevered in honesty [i.e. in holiness, from her previous scandalous sinfulness]. I afflicted my brother so much [by her previous sinfulness]! And now! And now that I could have made him happy [by her conversion, by her holiness], he has been taken away from me! You could have left him with me. You could have given poor Mary the joy of comforting him after [her] grieving him so deeply. Oh! Jesus! Jesus! My Master! My Saviour! My Hope!'

  [Once Jesus has forgiven a sinner, Jesus holds NO grudges.]

[Maria Valtorta continues:]  and she collapses again, her forehead on Jesus' Feet, which are washed once again [Luke 7.38] by her tears, and she moans:

 [Mary Magdalene moans, whispering:]

  " 'Why have you done that, Lord?! Also on account of those who hate You and are now rejoicing at what has happened... Why have You done that, Jesus?!'

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  But there is no reproach in Mary's tone as there was in Martha's, there is only the anguish of a woman, who is grieved not only as a sister [of Lazarus] but also as a disciple [of Jesus] who feels that the opinion of her Master is diminished in the hearts of many people.

 "Jesus, Who has bent very low to hear those words whispered with her face near the ground, stands up and says in a loud voice:

 [Jesus speaks loudly to Mary Magdalene:]

 " « Mary, do not weep! Also your Master [Jesus] is suffering for the death of His faithful friend [Lazarus]... for having had to let him die...»

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Oh! How sneering and radiant with hateful joy are the faces of the enemies of Christ!

 "They feel that He is defeated and rejoice, whilst His friends are becoming sadder and sadder.

[JESUS GOES TO LAZARUS' SEPULCHRE]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Jesus says in an even louder voice:

 [Jesus speaks to Mary Magdalene {and seemingly others there, as well}:]

  " « But I tell you: do not weep. Stand up! Look at Me! Do you think that I, Who loved you so much, have done this without a reason? Can you believe that I have grieved you thus in vain? Come. Let us go to Lazarus. Where have you put him? »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Jesus' question, rather than to Mary and Martha, who cannot speak as they are crying even louder, is addressed to all the others and particularly to those who have come out of the house with Mary and look more upset. Perhaps they are older relatives, I do not  know.

 "And they reply to Jesus, Who is clearly distressed:

 [Some of the people respond:]

 " 'Come and see',

"[Maria Valtorta continues:]  and they set out towards the place of the sepulchre, which is at the end of the orchard, where the ground is undulated and veins of calcareous rock appear on its surface.

 "Martha, beside Jesus Who has forced Mary to stand up and is now guiding her [Mary Magdalene], as she [Mary Magdalene] is blinded by her copious tears, [Martha] points out to Jesus where Lazarus is, and when they are near the place she also says:

 [Martha speaks:]

 " 'It is there, Master, that Your friend is buried'

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  and she points at the stone placed across the entrance of the sepulchre.

 "Jesus, followed by everybody, has to pass in front of Gamaliel, in order to go there. But neither He nor Gamaliel greet each other. Gamaliel then joins the others stopping with all the more rigid pharisees a few metres from the sepulchre, while Jesus goes on, very close to it, with the two sisters, Maximinus and those who are perhaps relatives. Jesus looks at the heavy stone placed as a door against the sepulchre, a heavy obstacle between Him and His [Jesus'] dead friend, and He [Jesus] weeps [a weeping that's due to 3 causes - see PS below]. The wailing of the sisters grows louder, as well as that of intimate friends and relatives.

 [Jesus shouts:]

 " « Remove that stone »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  shouts Jesus all of a sudden, after wiping His Tears.

 "Everybody is surprised and a murmur runs through the crowd that has become larger as some people of Bethany have entered the garden and have followed the guests. I can see some pharisees touch their foreheads and shake their heads meaning: « He is mad! »

 [Those who preach Jesus Christ, Christianity, the Gospel, are often satanically slandered as being mad, or mental, or insane, or similar, by Satan's filthy rotten devil-men on earth, most of whom, upon their earthly death, quickly change their mind immediately they land in the flames of Hell. Jesus has said, that: "... who treats him [someone] as a madman, and consequently has harmed him, will be condemned by God."]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  No one carries out the [Jesus'] order [to remove the stone]. Even the most faithful ones are hesitant and feel repugnance to do it.

 "Jesus repeats His order in a louder voice astonishing even more the people, who urged by opposed feelings react at first as if they wanted to run away, but immediately afterwards they wish to draw closer, to see, defying the stench of the sepulchre that Jesus wants opened.

 [Martha speaks:]

 " 'Master, it is not possible'

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  says Martha striving to restrain her tears to be able to speak.

 [Martha continues:]

  " 'He [Lazarus] has been down there for four days. And You know of what disease he died! Only our love made it possible for us to cure him... By now he will certainly smell notwithstanding the ointments... What do You want to see? His rottenness?... It is not possible... also because of the uncleanness of putrefaction and...'

 [Jesus speaks to Martha:]

 " « Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God? Remove that stone. I want it! »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  It is the cry of divine will...

 "A subdued « oh » is uttered by every mouth. Faces grow pale. Some people shiver as if an icy wind of death had blown over everybody.

 "Martha [the mistress of the house] nods to Maximinus [the steward] who orders the servants to get the necessary tools to remove the heavy stone.

 "The servants run away and come back with picks and sturdy levers. And they work inserting the points of the shining picks between the rock and the stone, and then replacing the picks with the sturdy levers and finally lifting the stone carefully, letting it slide to one side and dragging it cautiously against the rocky wall. An infected stench comes out of the dark hole making everyone withdraw.

 "Martha asks in a low voice:

 [Martha speaks:]

 " 'Master, do You want to go down there? If You do, torches will be required...'

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  But she is wan at the thought of having to go down.

 "Jesus does not reply to her. He raises His Eyes to the sky, He stretches out His Arms crosswise and prays in a very loud voice syllabising the words:

 [Jesus, Son, addresses His Father {and ours}:]

 " « Father! I thank You for hearing Me. I knew that You always hear Me. But I said so for those who are present here, for the people surrounding Me, that they may believe in You, in Me, and that You have sent Me! »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  He [Jesus] remains thus for a moment and He becomes so transfigured that He seems to be enraptured, while without uttering any sound He says more secret words of prayer or adoration. I do not know. What I know is that He is so transhumanised that it is not possible to look at Him without feeling one's heart quiver.

 "His [Jesus'] Body seems to become Light, spiritualised, rising in height and also from the earth. Although the shades of His Hair, Eyes, complexion, garments remain unchanged - contrary to what happened during the transfiguration on mount Tabor when everything became Light and dazzling brightness [Matthew 17.1-8] - He [Jesus] seems to shed light and that His whole Body becomes Light. Light seems to form a halo around Him, particularly round His Face raised to the sky, certainly enraptured in the contemplation of His Father [and ours].

"He [Jesus] remains thus for some time, then He becomes Himself, the Man, but powerfully majestic. He proceeds as far as the threshold [to the edge] of the sepulchre. He moves His Arms forward - so far He had held Them crosswise, the Palms turned upwards - now with Palms turned downwards, so that His Hands are already inside the hole of the sepulchre and Their [Hands'] whiteness is outstanding in the darkness of the hole.

 "His [Jesus'] blue Eyes are blazing and their Flash forecasting a miracle is today unsustainable, in the silent darkness, and a powerful Voice and with a cry louder than the one He uttered on the lake when He ordered the wind to abate [Matthew 8.26, Luke 8.23-25], in a Voice that I never heard in any other miracle, He shouts:

[JESUS COMMANDS LAZARUS TO COME OUT OF THE SEPULCHRE]

 [Jesus shouts, commanding:]

 " « Lazarus! Come out! »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  His [Jesus'] Voice is echoed by the sepulchral cave and coming out of it, It [Voice] spreads all over the garden, It is repeated by the undulations of the ground of Bethany, I think It travels as far as the first hills beyond the fields and then comes back, repeated and subdued, like an order that cannot fail. It is certain that from numberless directions one can hear again: « out! out! out! »

 "Everybody is thrilled with emotion and if curiosity rivets everyone in his place, faces grow pale and eyes are opened wide while mouths are closed involuntarily with cries of surprise already on their lips.

 "Martha, a little behind and to one side, seems fascinated looking at Jesus. Mary [Mary Magdalene], who has never moved away from the Master [Jesus], falls on her knees at the entrance of the sepulchre, one hand on her breast to check her throbbing heart, the other holding the edge of Jesus' mantle unconsciously and convulsively, and one realises that she is trembling because the mantle is shaken lightly by the hand holding it.

"Something white seems to emerge from the deep end of the sepulchre. At first it is just a short convex line, then it becomes oval-shaped, then wider and longer lines appear. And the dead body, enveloped in its bandages, comes slowly forward, becoming more visible, more mysterious and more awful.

 "Jesus draws back, imperceptibly, but continuously, as the other moves forward. Thus the distance between the two is always the same.

 "Mary [Mary Magdalene] is compelled to drop the edge of the [Jesus'] mantle, but she does not move from where she is. Joy, emotion, everything, nail her to the place where she is.

 "An « oh! » is uttered more and more clearly by the lips [of the people] previously closed by the anxiety of suspense: from a whisper hardly distinguishable it changes into a voice, from a voice into a powerful cry.

 "Lazarus is by now on the threshold of the sepulchre and he remains there rigid and silent, like a plaster statue just rough-hewed, thus shapeless, a long thing, thin at the head and legs, thicker at the trunk, as macabre as death itself, ghost-like in the white bandages against the dark background of the sepulchre. As the sun shines on him, putrid matter can be seen dripping already here and there from the bandages [that are around Lazarus].

[JESUS COMMANDS THAT LAZARUS BE UNBOUND, CLEANED, CLOTHED, AND GIVEN FOOD TO EAT]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Jesus shouts out in a loud voice:

 [Jesus commands, loudly:]

  " « Unbind him [resurrected Lazarus] and let him go. Give him clothes and food. »

 [Martha speaks:]

 " 'Master!...'  [Jesus]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  says Martha, and perhaps she would like to say more, but Jesus stares at her subduing her with His bright Eyes and He says:

[Jesus commands:]

 " « Here! At once! Bring a garment. Dress him [Lazarus] in the presence of all the people and give him something to eat. »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  He [Jesus] orders and never turns round to look at those who are behind and around Him. He looks only at Lazarus, at Mary [Magdalene] who is near her resurrected brother, heedless of the disgust caused to everybody by the putrid bandages, and at Martha who is panting as if she felt her heart break and does not know whether she should shout for joy or weep...

 "The servants rush to carry out the instructions. Naomi is the first to run away and to come back with garments folded on her arm. Some untie the bandages [that are around Lazarus] after rolling up their sleeves and tucking up their garments so that they may not touch the dripping rot. Marcella and Sarah come back with amphorae of perfumes followed by servants carrying basins and jugs of water steaming hot or trays with cups of milk, wine, fruit, honey-cakes.

 "The very long narrow bandages, which I think are of linen, with selvedge on each side, obviously woven for that purpose, unroll like rolls of tape from a reel and pile up on the ground, heavy with spices and pus. The servants move them to one side by means of sticks. They have started from the head, but even there [from the head] there is matter that has certainly dripped from the nose, ears and mouth.

 "The sudarium placed on the face is soaked with putrid matter and Lazarus' face, which is very pale and emaciated, with his eyes closed with the pomade placed in the eye-sockets, with his hair and thin short beard sticking together, is soiled with it. The shroud placed round his body falls off slowly as the bandages are removed, freeing the trunk that they had enveloped for days, restoring a human figure to what they had previously transformed into something like a huge chrysalid.

 "The bony shoulders, the emaciated arms, the ribs just covered with skin, the sunken stomach begin to appear slowly. And as the bandages fall off, the sisters,  Maximinus, the servants busy themselves removing the first layer of dirt and balms and they insist continuously changing the water made detergent with spices, until the [Lazarus'] skin appears clean.

 "When they [Lazarus' servants] uncover Lazarus' face and he can look, he directs his gaze towards Jesus before looking at his sisters, and he seems absent-minded and does not pay attention to what is happening while he looks at his Jesus with a loving smile on his lips and tears shining in his deep-sunken eyes. Jesus also smiles at him, His Eyes shining with Tears, and without speaking He directs Lazarus' gaze towards the sky; Lazarus understands and moves his lips in silent prayer.

 "Martha thinks that he wishes to say something but has no voice yet and she asks:

 [Martha speaks to Lazarus]

 " 'What are you saying to me, my Lazarus?'

 [Lazarus replies:]

 " 'Nothing, Martha. I was thanking the Most High [God].'

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  His pronunciation is steady, his voice loud.

 "The crowds utter an « oh! » of amazement once again.

 "He [Lazarus] has now been freed and cleaned down to his sides. And they [Lazarus' servants] can put on him his short tunic, a kind of a short shirt that reaches below his inguen falling on his thighs.

 "They [Lazarus' servants] make him sit down to untie his legs and wash them. As soon as they [legs] appear Martha and Mary utter a loud cry pointing to the [healed] legs and bandages. And whilst on the bandages tied round the legs and on the shroud placed under the bandages the putrid matter is so copious as to stream down the cloth, the legs are completely healed [from the previous disease]. Only red cyanotic scars indicate the parts affected by gangrene.

 "All the people shout their amazement more loudly; Jesus smiles and Lazarus smiles, too, looking for a moment at his healed legs, then he becomes engrossed again in looking at Jesus. He never seems to gratify his desire to see Him. The Judaeans [Jews], pharisees, sadducees, scribes, rabbis come forward cautiously in order not to  contaminate their garments. They examine Lazarus closely. They examine Jesus closely. But neither Lazarus nor Jesus minds them. They [Jesus and Lazarus] look at each other and all the rest means nothing to them.

 "They [Lazarus' servants] now put sandals on Lazarus' feet and he stands up, agile and steady. He takes the tunic that Martha hands him, he puts it on by himself, he fastens his belt and adjusts the fold of the garment. And there he is, lean and pale, but like everybody else. He washes again his hands and arms as far as his elbows, after tucking up his sleeves. And with clean water he washes his face and head again, until he feels that he is thoroughly clean. He dries his hair and face, hands the towel to the servant and goes straight towards Jesus. He prostrates himself. He kisses His Feet.

 "Jesus bends, lifts him up, presses him to His heart saying:

 [Jesus speaks to Lazarus:]

 " « Welcome back home, My dear friend. May peace and joy be with you. Live to accomplish your happy destiny. Raise your face that I may greet you with a kiss. »

[Destiny?: Much later, learned holy Lazarus {of Theophilus} seems to be the one, the 'Theophilus', who commissioned {saint} Luke to write 'the Gospel according to saint Luke.' {Luke 1.2}]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  And He [Jesus] kisses Lazarus' cheeks and is kissed by him.

 "Only after worshipping and kissing the Master [Jesus], Lazarus speaks to his sisters and kisses them [God always comes first]; he then kisses Maximinus and Naomi, who are weeping for joy, and some of those who I think are related to the family or are very close friends. He then kisses Joseph [of Arimathea?], Nicodemus, Simon Zealot and a few more.

 "Jesus goes personally towards a servant who is carrying a tray on which there is some food and He takes a honey-cake, an apple, a goblet of wine, and He offers them to Lazarus, after offering and blessing them, so that he may nourish himself. And Lazarus eats with the healthy appetite of one who is well. A further « oh! » of amazement is uttered by the crowd.

[JESUS SPEAKS TO SOME OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES WHO, AT KEDESH, HAD PREVIOUSLY PUT HIM TO THE TEST]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Jesus seems to see no one but Lazarus, but in actual fact He observes everything and everybody [He is God] and when He sees with what furious gestures Sadoc, Helkai, Hannah, Felix, Doras and Cornelius and others [= a hostile group of scribes and pharisees: Jesus' enemies, most of whom are now in Hell] are about to go away, He says in a loud voice:

 [Jesus speaks, loudly:]

 " « Wait a moment, Sadoc. I want to have a word with you, with you and your friends. »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  They [the above hostile group] stop with the sinister look of criminals.

 "Joseph of Arimathea [= a disciple of Jesus] makes a gesture as if he were frightened and beckons to the Zealot [= Simon Zealot, an apostle of Jesus] to restrain Jesus [God can never be frightened or restrained]. But He [Jesus] is already going towards the rancorous [resentful, hostile] group and is already saying loud:

 [Jesus speaks, loudly:]

 " « Sadoc [a scribe], is what you have seen enough for you? One day [at Kedesh, see above] you told Me that in order to believe, you and your peers needed to see a decomposed dead body be recomposed and in good health. Are you satisfied with the rottenness you have seen? Can you admit that Lazarus was dead and that now he is alive and healthy, as he has never been for many years?

 [Putting God to the test is prohibited - see Matthew 4.7; Luke 4.12; Deuteronomy 6.16]

 " « I know. You came here to tempt these people, to increase their grief and their doubt. You came here looking for Me, hoping to find Me hiding in the room of the dying man [Lazarus]. You did not come with feelings of love and with the desire to honour the deceased man [= then dead Lazarus], but to ensure that Lazarus was really dead, and you have continued to come rejoicing all the more as time went by.

 " « If the situation had evolved as you were hoping, as you believed it would evolve, you would have been right in exulting. [i.e. they exulting by saying:]

 " « The Friend [Jesus] Who cures everybody, but does not cure His friend [Lazarus]. The Master [Jesus] Who rewards everybody's faith, but not the faith of His friends in Bethany. The Messiah [Jesus] powerless against the reality of death.

 " « That is what was making you exult.

 " « Then God gave you His reply. No prophet had ever been able to put together what was decomposed, in addition to being dead. God did it. That is the living witness of what I Am [Exodus 2.13-14]. One day it was God Who took some dust and made it into a form and He breathed the vital spirit [= soul] into it and man was. I [Jesus] was there to say:

 " « ' Let man be made in our own image and likeness. '  [Genesis 1.26]

" « Because I am the Word of the Father. Today, I, the Word, said to what is even less than dust, I said to rottenness: 'Live,' and decomposition was recomposed into flesh, into wholesome, living, breathing flesh. There [Lazarus] it is looking at you. And to the flesh I joined the spirit [= soul] that had been lying for days in Abraham's bosom [= in Limbo]. I called him [Lazarus' soul] with My Will, because I can do everything, as I am the Living Being, the King of kings to Whom all creatures and things are subject. What are you [Sadoc, a scribe] going to reply to Me [Jesus, God] now? »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  He [Jesus] is in front of them [= the hostile group of scribes and pharisees: Jesus' enemies mentioned above],  [Jesus] tall, ablaze with majesty, really Judge and God. They do not reply.

 "He [Jesus] insists:

  [Jesus again speaks to the above hostile group:]

 " « Is it not yet enough for you to believe, to accept what is ineluctable? »  [i.e. what's inescapable; what's not possible to oppose or negate]

 [Sadoc, one of the above hostile group, replies harshly:]

 " 'You [Jesus] have kept but one part of Your promise. This is not the sign of Jonah...'

 [= An attempt at invalidating solid irrefutable evidence by introducing a fake doubt about that irrefutable evidence. I think it was Cicero who may have perfected this legal technique, of turning 'guilty' into 'innocence.' Such a ruse may succeed with men, but never with God.]

"[Maria Valtorta continues:]  says Sadoc harshly.

 [Jesus again speaks to Sadoc/the above hostile group:]

 " « You shall have that one [the sign of Jonah] as well. I promised it [at Kedesh - see above] and I will keep My promise »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  says the Lord [Jesus].

 [Jesus speaks to Sadoc/the above hostile group:]

 " « And another person [= Gamaliel], who is present here, and is waiting for another sign [see below], shall have it. And as he is a just man, he will accept it. You will not. You will remain what you are [= open disbelievers, though fully believing that Jesus was the 'Expected One']. »

[JESUS SPEAKS SEVERELY TO SIMON WHO KILLED HIS FATHER]

"[Maria Valtorta continues:]  He [Jesus] turns round and sees [patricide] Simon, the member of the [then] Sanhedrin, the son of Elianna [who was murdered by his own son, Simon (via a hit man?), for refusing to abjure Jesus]. He [Jesus] gazes at him [Simon]. He [Jesus] leaves the previous [hostile] group and when He is Face to face with him [Simon], He [Jesus] says in a low but incisive Voice:

 [Jesus speaks to patricide Simon:]

 " « You are fortunate that Lazarus does not remember his stay among the dead!  [= his soul in Limbo in this case]  What have you done with your father, O Cain? »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  Simon runs away with a cry of fear that he changes into a howl of malediction:

 [Patricide Simon curses Jesus {of Nazareth}:]

 " 'May You be cursed, Nazarene!'  [Nazarene, in this instance, is being used as an aspersion.]

"[Maria Valtorta continues:]  to which Jesus replies:

 [Jesus replies to patricide Simon]

 " « Your curse is rising to Heaven and from Heaven the Most High throws it back at you. You are marked with the sign [of Cain's? Genesis 4.15?], you wretch! »

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  He [Jesus] goes back to the groups that are astonished, almost frightened. He meets Gamaliel who is going towards the road. He looks at Gamaliel, who looks at Him. Jesus says to him without stopping:

 [Jesus, without stopping, speaks to Gamaliel:]

 " « Be ready, rabbi. The sign [see below] will come soon. I never lie. »

 [Sign: i.e. when 12 year old Boy Jesus was in the Temple in Jerusalem, He told the then religious doctors there, that included Shammai, Hillel, and Gamaliel, with whom He was disputing, that: "These stones {of the Temple} shall hear My Voice again and vibrate hearing My last Word."  {Matthew 27.51; Mark 15.38; Luke 23.45}]

 "[Maria Valtorta continues:]  The garden [around the house/mansion of Lazarus] slowly becomes empty. The Judaeans [Jews] are dumbfounded, but most of them are bursting with wrath. If glances could reduce one to ashes, Jesus would have been pulverised a long time ago. They [then Jews] speak and discuss among themselves while going away, and they are so upset by their defeat that they are unable to conceal the purpose of their presence here under the hypocritical appearance of friendship. They go away without saying goodbye to Lazarus or to the [his two] sisters... ..."

THE THEN JEWISH SANHEDRIN CONDEMNS JESUS FOR BEING THE SON OF GOD, GOD

Very briefly, what soon transpired thereafter, was that a special meeting of the then Jewish Sanhedrin was convened: a 'kangaroo court' that issued a warrant for the arrest of Jesus - a warrant of arrest fabricated without jurisdiction, without evidence, without Jesus' presence, without His defence, without legality, without justice, but made up with plenty of bias, envy, hatred, and slander.

And so Jesus perforce became the 'Legally Persecuted One.'

If all this injustice was outrageous then, now consider that some of this type of horrid injustice happens even today, now, in some countries around the world, thereby trashing the time honoured concept of the civil "Rule of Law." Some accused persons are even legally prohibited from defending themselves from secret accusations made against them in a court of law. Yet, Jesus has long said:

 "Do not judge..."  [Matthew 7.1]

And before Him, real Jewish prophet Isaiah had said:

 "Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression... "  [Isaiah 10.1]

And so, Jesus perforce had to flee, with His 12 apostles, to Ephraim [today's 'Taybeh?'], Samaria, [John 11.54] where He stayed, for a period of time; and evangelised in and around that precinct.

In Ephraim, Jesus and His 12 apostles lodged with elderly, kind-hearted Mary of Jacob, a poor old widow who lived all alone in a large house that housed her and previously also her late husband and their then 10 children, who had moved on. During this period, traitor Judas Iscariot spied on Jesus, and secretly reported His doings to the then Sanhedrin.

"A spy is already a devil," Jesus has said.

When Jesus was finally arrested on Good Thursday evening at Gethsemane, He was subsequently maltreated and tortured and flogged. And subjected to 3 sham trials: first by the then Jewish Sanhedrin; then by king Herod of Judah; and finally by Roman governor Pontius Pilate who, relentlessly instigated by members of the then Sanhedrin and their mob in Jerusalem, condemned Jesus to death by cruel crucifixion, yet fully knowing that He was totally innocent - a heinous murder of Jesus:

 for being the Son of God, God.

Jesus - the Innocent - never did anything wrong, never sinned, always did good: All Goodness, Infinite Mercy, Always Forgiveness.

Sweet loving, adorable Jesus Christ continues to be, now and in eternity, true God and true Man.

Saint John says to us:

 "Let those who blaspheme by saying that Christ was not true God and true Man cease to blaspheme out of mercy on their souls."  [Implicit punishment not revealed.]

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.

The foregoing is pursuant to the Gospel that Jesus dictated to Maria Valtorta, the Holy Bible, and my analysis.

All for the glory of Jesus our Lord God and Master.

 

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