Posted by: purestjoy | May 30, 2008

The first time I heard/read the Lazarus story after Ereling passed away, it was all I could do to keep from sobbing aloud.   “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  It is one of those stories in the Bible that I will never ever be able to look at the same way. 

Yesterday, I was reading through it again … it just struck me how much faith Martha had.   Most of the time, I feel Martha gets the raw end of the deal in the Bible.  We always hear the story of Mary and Martha, and how Martha was getting stuff done in the house while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, and how we should be like Mary.  Which is definitely true, absolutely.  But look at the story of Lazarus ..

“So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her,  “I am the resurrection and the life,  Whoever believes in me,  though he die, yet shall he live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,  who is coming into the world.”

I wonder what was going through Martha’s head, when Jesus said your brother will rise again. I wonder if she had the glimmer of hope that Jesus was about to do something amazing and then reality set in, and she figured he meant the last day, or was she saying that in hopes that He respond .. no your brother is going to rise again now?  When she told him that she knew whatever He asked of God, it would be done … Was she recalling how when she sent him the message that Lazarus was ill, He had said it wouldn’t lead to death? 

Yes, Lord; I believe. 

 

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