Alert: Believers Are Hurting

Alert: Believers Are Hurting

John 11:20-21  Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

As you get your day started I want to remind you of a truth that a busy life quickly silences.  This truth is illustrated in the tragic but triumphant event of the death of a brother named Lazarus.

Lazarus had two sisters: Mary and Martha.  Martha was a hardworking critical spirit.  Mary, probably the older sister, was tender and spiritual.  When Lazarus came down sick and was quickly deteriorating a dispatch was sent calling for Jesus to come quickly.  Since Mary was the spiritual leader of the home it would be safe to say it was she who initiated the call for Jesus to come.

As you read the narrative of this event you find that Jesus was already well aware of Lazarus’ condition and Mary’s call, yet Jesus remained where He was for two days and then as He neared Bethany He stopped off at Jericho overnight to meet with Zachaeus.

In this intervening period Lazarus dies and Mary is confused and hurting.  She had trusted Jesus.  She spent time sitting at His feet learning from the Word of God.  She was faithful and hospitable and had an intimate closeness with the Lord.  Yet when she exercised her trust in Christ it appeared He had let her down; life didn’t work out the way she thought it should and believed it would.

When Christ finally arrives near Bethany He is four days too late.  It is noteworthy who it was that FIRST came out to meet Jesus.  It wasn’t Mary but Martha.  Mary sat still in the house.  Life was working out the way she had thought or believed it would.  It appeared God had failed her.  Mary had spent the last four days hearing the criticisms of those who doubted the Lord and it infected her.  Notice that Martha and Mary and the mourners all accused Christ of negligent homicide (11:21,32,37).  They all blamed Jesus for Lazarus’ death.

Friend, today you will cross paths with hurting Christians that have settled down, not at the feet of Jesus, but in the seat of the scornful.  Life hasn’t worked out as they had thought or believed.  Speak a word of encouragement to them and win them back to the Savior.  He has a purpose when He makes deep furrows in our life, He purposes a crop!