Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus<quoted text>
Interesting that you would choose Luke's mention of Mary and Martha. Are these women Mary and Martha of Bethany? GoLuke does not say where the house is supposed to be, though based on the point in the narative, it would appear likely the place was somewhere in Galilee rather than Bethany, just out side of Jerusalem, where GoJohn's narrative places them. Some apologists claim they moved after the story in Luke and before they are mentioned in John.
Having said that, most experts probably hold just as you do: GoLuke's story is about the same characters as GoJohn's Mary and Martha of Bethany regardless of the apparent discrepancy in location.
Yet here's the problem: Why doesn't Luke's author mention at the very least that these women are the sisters of Lazarus -- if they are the M&Ms of Bethany? That's an important connection that GoJohn makes that likely would not be overlooked by GoLuke's author.
And whether we have two sets of M&Ms or one, why is Lazarus' story missing in Matthew, Mark, and in Luke? It seems to me, aside from the claimed resurrection of Jesus, there is no more important miracle in Jesus' putative ministery. Indeed, according to John's author, Lazarus had been dead four days, and his sister worried about the stink that would come from his rotting corpse if his tomb were unsealed. That was a heck of a miracle.
Even GoLuke's story regarding Jesus raising the widows Son in Nain cannot be so important, since the son has yet to be burried. And the same is true of Jairus' daughter. Though the synoptic accounts conflict somewhat, she dies juust before or just after Jairus asks for Jesus' help. But even more importantly, neither the widow's son nor Jairus' daughter are the cause of Jesus' own demise, as Lazarus is, according to GoJohn. John 11 and 12 would have us believe the priests decided to kill both Jesus and Lazarus because of this miracle.
Interestingly, Luke's author doesn't mention Lazarus of Bethany but takes time to tell the parable of Lazarus and Dives. This Lazarus presumably is a fictional character invented to tell a parable. Oddly, Luke's author is the only gospel writer in the canon to attach a name to a character in any parable. And Lazarus, in the Lazarus and Dives parable, is the only time Luke's author does so.(Dives is not a name actually used in the parable.) Why unconventionally name the fictional Lazarus in a parable but ignore the ostensibly real Lazarus, who's healing supposedly leads to Jesus' execution?
What's up with all that?
On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles[b] from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
Lord, Martha said to Jesus,if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.
Jesus said to her,Your brother will rise again.
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.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.
Then Jesus said,Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said,Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I 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.
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice,Lazarus, come out! The 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.