Do You Believe This Martha?
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life…Do you believe this, Martha?”John 11:25-26
Martha’s brother, Lazarus, lay dying, so she sent for Jesus. Martha’s heart counted on Jesus to heal the brother she loved, but Jesus arrived too late to help in the dire time of need ~ so it seemed. By the time Jesus finally arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Was Martha disappointed in Jesus when she thought if he had been there, her brother would not have died?
When Martha learned her awaited Jesus was finally within arms reach, she left her guests who had come to comfort her and went out to meet him. When her eyes beheld him, and she stood in his presence, He offered her the opportunity to confirm her faith. Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life…Do you believe this, Martha?” “Yes, Lord,” she responded, “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God” (John 11:27). Despite any sorrow, disappointment, and uncertainty that might have been lingering in her heart, Martha boldly declared her faith in Jesus. At times God will grant our fleshly eyes the astonishment to behold spiritual wonders. Martha was given such an opportunity when Jesus gave new life to her deceased brother, and he walked out of the tomb!
Martha learned well from a previous lesson Jesus taught her regarding the important things (Luke 10:42). When she discovered Jesus was coming, she did not remain in the house with her visitors who had come from Jerusalem to comfort her, but quickly got up and ran out to greet Him. Her ability to learn and change from her natural inclination to turn inward and focus only on what is seen is an inspiration to us all. When we experience disappointment or suffering in our lives, how quickly do we leave our natural inclinations and run to ‘greet’ the Master in order to receive more than what our natural eyes can provide?
Her statement (John 11:24) revealed a courageous faith in the order of Abraham’s faith when he reckoned that God could raise Isaac from the dead (Hebrews 11:19). Martha’s answer to Jesus should be wowing to us to follow her example when disappointment and disbelief present themselves to us as viable options to cling to. Friend, the only sure and trustworthy thing we should instruct ourselves to clutch tightly to is the comfort found in Jesus Christ.
Lord, You are the resurrection and the life! I resolve to flee from clinging to my fears, disappointments, sufferings, and grief and ask You to minister to me through them. My trials are only a tool used to allow me to see your glory and not as weapons used against me. Your word says all things work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28), so I, like Martha, speak my faith and say yes, Lord, I believe this!
In His grace,
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