Lately I have been thinking about Martha, Mary and Lazarus, siblings who lived together and had opened their home to Jesus. The Bible doesn’t tell us how often Jesus went there, but it’s possible that he stayed overnight; maybe many times. I was thinking what a privilege and honor it would be to have God the Son pay me a visit. To choose my house when He needed rest and solitude. To have supper with me and my family; eating pasta or a hamburger and french fries. Then sitting at His feet afterwards while He tells us wise and wonderful things.
I can’t help but wonder exactly what did Lazarus, Martha and Mary know about Jesus. I mean, they knew He could perform miracles, signs and wonders. After all, the sisters besought Him when Lazarus lay deathly ill. But did they believe this was God? Were they careful in their words and deeds? Did they worship Him? Or was he just a guest in their humble domicile? In Luke chapter 10, Jesus is visiting Bethany, the village where these siblings lived. He knocks on their door. It is Martha who lets Him in. Mary quickly sits at His feet to hear what He has to say, while Martha busies herself in the kitchen. She requests of Jesus to tell Mary to get up and help her. Does this sound like someone who knew she was speaking to God?
When Lazarus had been been dead for four days and placed inside a cave, Martha tells Jesus that she knows God in heaven would give Him whatever He asks. (John 11:21, 22) She had great faith and believed that if Jesus had been there when Lazarus was sick, He could have laid hands on her brother and made him well. Jesus said to her:
“I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me will live, even though, he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (John 11:25)
Verses 26 and 27 records Martha’s response: ” Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.”
Martha acknowledges that Jesus is the one prophesied in the Scriptures; the Messiah who would come and save His people. She said he was “the Christ.” But did she and her siblings believe he was God, the Son? The Jews have never believed that God has a son. Another: I AM who eternally existed with Heavenly Father and created all things. They believe it is heretical for any man to claim to be God, part of God, or the literal son of God.
What I would have given to be a fly on the wall in the home of Martha and Mary.