The relationship between Jesus and Mary, Martha and Lazarus serves as a great example of love in the New Testament. Jesus stayed in their home in Bethany near Jerusalem many times. The Greek word, “phileo,” meaning brotherly love, describes their relationship as good friends. Another Greek word, agape, points to a higher form of love signifying purity and self-sacrifice. Jesus taught that agape love in our lives identifies us to others as Christians. In our times of great need, Jesus gives us agape love just as he gave it to his friends. “Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus” (John 11:5).