Lenten Devotional for March 18th

SCRIPTURE John 11:17-27

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” 


John 11:1-27 tells the story of the death of Lazarus. His sister Martha is the one who catches my attention when reading these verses. In Luke, we read about Martha as the busy sister while Mary was focused on being present with Jesus. We find Martha in this reading as the one focused on Jesus. She rushed out to meet him when she heard he was coming to see Lazarus. Even though she was perplexed by his delay in coming and felt that if he had come sooner, he could have saved Lazarus from dying, she remained confident in Jesus’ ability to raise Lazarus from the dead. She confirmed her hope for eternal life and believed Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God. This speaks to her amazing faith and trust in Jesus.

While reading the scripture, I felt there was a message for me as to why I was asked to provide my reflection on this particular scripture. Martha, my mother, passed away a few months ago. She also was a person of hope and was committed to her faith in Jesus. She had often shared the story of feeling the presence of God as a child, and in the many years that followed, her faith never wavered. Her faith was always a part of her life and had a great influence on her family and her friends. I think that we all need a Martha to guide our faith and encourage our hope for eternal life.


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