John 11, 17-20
Something to read
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for 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 at home.
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Something to think about
Notice how the opening verse continues the story from yesterday. Jesus is on his way and Lazarus’ dead body has now been in the tomb for four days [v17].
We have no need to go into the forensic details, but with the heat in Israel that is a long time. All we need to say is: Lazarus is well and truly dead. This is an important piece of evidence in this story, and it will be presented to us again later.
Notice how Martha is once again out front as she goes out to meet Jesus before he reaches her house; Mary, on the other hand, stays at home.
Out of these two sisters, which one would you want beside you in an emergency or if you want something done? Which one do we need more of in the work of God’s Kingdom?
Something to do
If a ‘Martha church’ is always serving, and a ‘Mary church’ is more spiritual, how would you classify your church?
What evidence do you bring to your conclusion?
Something to pray
Take time to examine your own walk in the Holy Spirit.
Does your life reflect a Martha or a Mary character?
Allow God to reveal to you the way He wishes you to go.
Allow him to adjust your lifestyle.
Today's contributor is the Rev Frazer Hawkes, a retired Methodist minister.