A Mind-Blowing Miracle
Read John 11:41-43"So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, 'Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.' When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out.'"Reflect
Do you believe that Jesus has power over death? Do you believe that He can save you?
He who had the keys of death performed an awesome, mind-blowing miracle. When Jesus gave the order to remove the stone at the tomb entrance, Martha, ever the realist, protested, "Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible" (John 11:39 NLT).
Looking her in the eye, Jesus asked, "Didn't I tell you that you would see God's glory if you believe?" (John 11: 40 NLT).
"Then Jesus shouted, 'Lazarus, come out!' " And Lazarus emerged from the tomb wrapped from head to toe, with a cloth over his face. "Unwrap him and let him go!" Jesus commanded (John 11:43-44 NLT).
Tears of joy flowed from Martha's and Mary's eyes when they saw their brother alive. Awe filled their hearts as they saw the majesty and glory that shone before them.
How do we know Martha was transformed by this experience? The next, and last, time Martha is mentioned in the Bible was at the supper in her home in honor of Jesus and in celebration of Lazarus's resurrection. With guests crowded around their table, sister Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with expensive perfume. Martha was still serving and was no less productive or hospitable, but her spirit had changed.
We read nothing about her being distracted over tasks or mentally anxious or bustling around. Martha's practical side didn't respond to Mary's lavish demonstration of devotion by saying, "No, Mary! We need the money for groceries!"--even though she probably contributed to purchasing the costly nard. She didn't side with Judas who said the poor needed the offering more. Her heart was in agreement with this lavish display of worship. Her focus was Jesus, and the vision of His glory had forever changed her.
PrayLord, thank You for being my Lord and Savior. Help me to never doubt You. Amen.We look forward to your comments and questions in these devotionals!
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