Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
LORD Jesus, we praise You for You have made us, called us, and You are the One who keeps us. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we try to make something out of people that they are not. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on You, LORD. Guide us so that we will move in whenever our help is needed and then enable us to do all as unto You. May all the glory and praise go to You, our God and Savior. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
Looking up the name Martha we will find 12 verses in the Bible. It so often happens that, after hearing the name, we will think of the story when Jesus said to her: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.” (Luke 10:41) In the verse before that we find out that “Martha was distracted,” but we so often overlook the reason for it. She was distracted with much serving. See, we can do the “right things” in a wrong way and out of a wrong motive. But, let’s put this aside for another day’s post.
Today I want to share with you a few other things I have found out about Martha. We will find them in the Gospel of John chapter eleven. First of all, in verse five, we are told that Jesus loved Martha. Then we are told that Martha’s brother Lazarus, who also happened to be Mary’s brother, had died. Four days later Jesus had a beautiful conversation with Martha. Let’s read the story starting in verse 17:
So when Jesus came, He found that he [Lazarus] had already been in the tomb four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.
And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
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 said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am 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. Do you believe this?”
She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
As soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met Him. I can identify with her. This could have been me — running out to meet Jesus. What a wonderful thought! To me the last few words of that sentence, “Mary was sitting in the house” sound awkward. I mean, I have to hold myself back not to say: how could Mary just sit there?
Then Martha has this talk with Jesus about the resurrection. She honestly believes that Lazarus will, some day, rise again — and whatever Jesus would ask of God, God would give Him. And Jesus reveals to her that He is the resurrection and the Life. He goes on to say that the one who believes in Him, though he may die, shall live and that the one who lives and believes in Him shall never die. He asks her if she believes that. Yes, indeed, she does! Hallelujah!
Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God?