I Am The Resurrection & The Life
17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “ Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “ Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “ I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and every- one who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you be- lieve this?” 27 She said to him, “ Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.
(John 11:17-27 ESV)
Sometimes, things in life are too big for us to handle. It happens to everyone. And when that happens, we’re sometimes reluctant to ask for help. Or maybe we’re past the point of asking for help and now we want to blame someone.
In a healthy relationship, there is margin so that one or both people can air some grievances and ask for help. This is what Martha does. And Jesus doesn’t rebuke her. He understands that she needs to express some difficult feelings and he is there, willing and ready, to listen and help her.
Jesus is able to handle difficult conversations.
We have spent a lot of time with this passage this week. Take a couple minutes to talk to Jesus about whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t have to be a long prayer. Just be real and open.
- What circumstance are you looking at now that needs Jesus’ help?
- What was the last thing you prayed about?
- Have you talked to Jesus about the outcome of the past situation?