When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him, while Mary remained sitting in the house.
Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that whatever you
ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha replied, “I know that he will rise in the resurrection, at the last day.” But Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection.
Whoever believes in me, though he die, shall live. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Martha then answered, “Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming
into the world.”
“Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus,” declares John (11:5). This statement tells us of the intimate relationship Jesus
had with this family. We have accounts of three visits of Jesus to them (Luke 10: 38-42, John 11:1-53, & John 12: 1-9). Martha
would have been the life of the party when they all got together. There is something very earthy and deeply sincere about
Martha’s interactions with Jesus. She does not hold anything back. She lets Jesus know her mind – as did Abraham and Moses,
when they talked to God face to face as friends did. In the brief encounter we have between Jesus and Martha, we have a mirror
to her soul: She lets Jesus know her disappointment that he didn’t reach early, but she also lets him know that she trusts him to do
something even if late. With no hesitation she declares her faith in Christ. How wonderful it is to have such authentic freedom to
express ourselves in our prayer before God!
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