by Randy Chambers, 2008-11-30
John 11:20-21; NIV: When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she
went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. "Lord," Martha said to Jesus,
"if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God
will give you whatever you ask."
Martha was not afraid to wonder why Jesus did not come. She told Him that if He would
have been there, her brother would not have died. The reasons were greater than she could
possibly know. But Jesus did not shun her for her thoughts or feelings, but He had
compassion on her, and all who were with her. Lazarus was raised from the dead. The
confusion in the hearts and minds of all around was put to rest, and they left there with
a greater faith than they had ever known.