The scripture for today is John 11:1-45.
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
The entire reading that was assigned for today is the story of the death of Lazarus. I chose to concentrate on these four verses. Lazarus, Martha and Mary were brother and sisters. At this point in the story, Lazarus had been dead and buried for four days. Martha had sent word to Jesus during Lazarus’ last days, but Jesus purposely waits to come. The Jews believed that the spirit hung around the dead body for three days after death. It was important to prove to those that witnessed the miracle that Lazarus was really dead.
Jesus made an astonishing declaration to Martha and then Jesus questioned Martha: Do you believe this? Martha immediately made a great and thrilling confession of faith in Christ. Without hesitation, she declared: Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world. This is the heart of this Gospel lesson. While we call this story the resurrection of Lazarus, it is more importantly the revelation that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. She called him "Lord" and "Christ" and "Son of God" in a single breath, adding that she meant the divine Messiah, the holy One foretold from of old as coming into the world from God. What a magnificent confession!
Martha is often remembered as the woman who fussed and flustered about the kitchen, and was bothered and troubled by many things, but not in this story! We should be so thankful for this beautiful example of Martha. She makes this confession during one of the toughest times in her life – her brother was still lying dead in his grave.
Do you believe Jesus’ promises? Are you able to believe He wants to do something good in your life today? Are you even now, at this moment, able to expect God to do something good for you, so you can then be a blessing for someone else? I challenge you to ask Him and believe Him for that now.
Dear Lord, help me to develop such a confident trust in Your word, so that I can remain firmly settled in me faith, even when I am surrounded by life's greatest problems and pain. Help me to live my life by faith.
Prayer Concern – Those that are grieving.