“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even if he dies; and whoever lives
and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’”
John 11:25-26 (NIV)
Jesus arrived at Bethany after Lazarus had died. His sisters Mary and Martha were grieving and upset.
Because of her grief, Martha spoke harshly to Jesus. “Lord, if you’d been here my brother would not have died.” The discussion continued. Martha believed God would do what Jesus asked.
She also believed her brother would rise again in the resurrection at the final day. He had to help Martha understand His role in God’s plan.
The words of our focus verse are read at Christian funerals and memorial services. They bring comfort to those who grieve. The question Jesus asks Martha is one we all have to ask ourselves and answer with honesty.
In our 21st Century world we, as a society, have not always dealt with this issue of what we believe or to what degree. Our attitude is ‘What’s in it for me?” “What about me?”
Overall, we have ignored the needs of our brothers and sisters, our neighbors, the ones we pass on the streets. We wait for the racy tabloids to come out with the latest scandal or the dirt on those who have held our attention in the media. We seem to thrive on the misfortunes of others. Only God, through Jesus Christ can forgive us for our behavior.