Jesus had been summoned to come to Bethany and pray for Lazarus who was sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha, had faith in the healing touch of Jesus, but Jesus arrived after Lazarus died. Martha met him outside the city. She scolded Him for his slow response.
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. (John 11:21, Holy Bible, New Living Translation)
Martha’s “if only” faith had reached its pinnacle, a stopping point, when Lazarus died. Then, Martha stood in the presence of Jesus, and a ray of faith surfaced. She said, “But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” (v.22) Jesus assured her that Lazarus would be resurrected in the last days, but that promise for the future didn’t ease her grief in the present. When Martha could not be consoled, she left and sent Mary to Jesus.
Mary bowed at His feet in reverence, but she echoed Martha’s words: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (v.32) Mary’s tears, along with sorrow of other mourners, touched Jesus. At the tomb, Jesus cried, too. Then He called Lazarus out (v.42) and reunited him with his sisters.
Jesus was late for the burial rituals, but He was right on time for a miracle.
Prayer: Lord, I believe in You. Strengthen my faith. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore