November 4, 2018
John 11: 38-40 …“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’”
Martha had already established that she was a believer. She knew that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God, but she also had solid credentials as a skeptic. When they got to the tomb, she makes sure that Jesus knows that her brother was really dead, that he’d been in the tomb for four days and there was no hope he could be restored to health. But that doesn’t stop Jesus and he lets her know that those who believe could expect to see the glory of God even if they were skeptics! For many believers, Jesus’s words are the best news ever because there’s a whole bunch of us who are brothers and sisters of Martha. We’re as skeptical about matters of life and death as she ever was! We’re committed to Jesus and acknowledge him as Christ, but we also know that dead is dead and once death comes there’s not a thing that can be done beyond the usual funeral service. That’s just the way it is in our world and we’d be fools to expect anything else. And Jesus says to us, “Just wait–you believers are going to see the glory of God.” Think of it! Our skepticism can’t keep God from giving new life. Whether we understand it or not, when death finally comes, our name will be called and God will free us from the bondage of the grave.
Thought for the Day: Why is belief stronger than logic?