Can you imagine the disappointment?
Martha knew Jesus.
She knew Jesus cared for her family.
No doubt, she’d seen the miracles of healing.
Yet, when she was the most desperate, the most in need of His healing, He was absent, although she and Mary had sent word.
John 11:3 NKJV — Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
Not only did Jesus choose not to go visit Lazarus when he was sick, He didn’t arrive right after his death either.
John 11:17 NKJV — So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
From Martha’s perspective, Jesus’s absence must have been extremely disappointing.
John 11:20 NKJV — Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
Martha had heard Jesus was coming and had gone to face Him with her disappointment.
John 11:21-22 NKJV — Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
Jesus gives her the truth, but like most of us, Martha doesn’t understand what God is doing.
John 11:23 NKJV — Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
John 11:24 NKJV — Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Through this story we get one of the most profound scriptures, spoken by Jesus.
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11:25-26 NKJV
In the midst of Martha’s lowest point, when she is deeply hurting, confused, disappointed, and clothed in grief, Jesus speaks to her the truth and the hope every single human needs and can put their trust in.
Her response is beautiful.
John 11:27 NKJV — She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Did she understand that Jesus was going to raise her brother from the dead?
No, or she wouldn’t have said:
John 11:39 NKJV — Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
Her response to Jesus’s words about being the Resurrection was trust.
She didn’t understand what God was doing in her life.
She couldn’t see her brother’s death as anything more than a tragedy.
She did choose to trust Jesus, despite the circumstances.
John 11:43-44 NKJV — Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
Can you imagine the celebration?!
Although there are tragedies, grief, and extreme disappointment Jesus is
“…the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” John 11:25b-26
It doesn’t guarantee our circumstances will fall into place the way we desire.
Choosing trust is to fall in place with Jesus.
Like Martha, we can choose to trust God.
Not knowing the future, but knowing the One who is the future.
Philippians 1:21 KJV — For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
I bet Lazarus understood this truth better than anyone else present.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your truth. Thank You that You are the Resurrection and the life! What can possibly be more profound than God as man dieing for our sins and rising again?! Your sacrifice is beyond my comprehension. Your love, mercy, and grace out strip anything I’ve experienced in this world. Lord Jesus, Your Word is amazing. Please, let those who have hurt, grief, loss, disappointment, and deep pain find healing in You. Please open the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and soften the hearts, that they might turn and be healed. Lord, please continue to hone our hearts and minds that we might trust You no matter the circumstances. For You are worthy of all our trust, love, honor, glory, and praise. Amen.