We have looked at Martha’s response to Jesus’ arrival. Now we turn to Jesus. We will see how He responded to her lack of full faith in Him. We need to see how He dealt with her poor kind of faith. He could have responded by saying something like the following:
“Martha, Martha, what poor thoughts you have of me. I have been with you for a long time, and you still do not know that I am both willing to and will raise your brother.”
Jesus could have said something like that, but He did not. Such rebuke is not helpful during deep sorrow. It may have been misunderstood. Martha thought she was expressing great faith in Jesus when she said, “But I know that even now, God will give you whatever you ask.” (v. 22)
Jesus took the opportunity to teach Martha more about Himself at this point. He made the following statement: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (verses 25-26)
Jesus spoke to her condition specifically. She had attempted to push the resurrection off to the last day. Jesus taught her that He was the resurrection. Wherever Jesus is there is life. Jesus was present physically. This meant there was going to be physical life. Lazarus would live again. Jesus is now present spiritually. There is a spiritual resurrection. If you are a believer in the Christ, you have experienced this resurrection. You are dead in trespasses and sin. Therefore, your life is hid in Christ. Colossians 3:3
I Corinthians 15:45-46 says that the first man was a living soul, and the last Adam (Jesus Christ) was made a “quickening spirit.” First comes the natural, and then the spiritual. Note that Jesus teaches Martha this truth by saying “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (Verses 25-26). What then is the direct application of these verses? This brings us to the conclusion of this lesson.
Jesus asks Martha does she believe this. (Verse 26) Jesus had made another “I am” statement,and He had elaborated on it.
As I close this lesson, I would like to ask you same question Jesus asked Martha. Do you believe this? This is a personal question to you the reader. Do you believe what is recorded in the Bible? Do you possess the faith that is mentioned here? Do you have what it takes to stand strong in the storms and trials of life? You have a hope that goes beyond the grave.