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Lenten Devotional – Day 33

Lent 3In John 11:1-44, the disciple John records a conversation Jesus had with Martha and Mary upon His arrival to their town of Bethany.  The women, two of Jesus’ dear friends, had sent for Jesus to come heal their brother. Lazarus had been dead for 4 days by the time Jesus arrived.

Martha immediately went to meet Jesus upon His arrival.  She brought Him her hurt, yet in her pain she chose to rehearse truth about Jesus.  In faith she chose to focus on the long view of God’s plan for broken and hurting people like her.

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died,” she began. “But even now, I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give You.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Jesus asked Martha about her faith before He called her brother back from the dead.  Martha’s faith was in Jesus, not the results for which she prayed.

Do you believe Jesus is the answer to your prayers, rather than a particular outcome?

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