Martha’s Faith in Jesus

by FLL Editorial Team

若望福音 11:19-27
(關於路加福音 10:38-42,請看 瑪爾大與瑪利亞 )



耶穌能醫好病者,也能讓我們藉著祂而得到永生,這兩個道理不難明白,但何以祂說凡活著而信從祂的人,必永遠不死?其實耶穌的意思是,雖然我們肉身必定經歷死亡,但相信並遵從祂的話的人,會藉著祂的救贖而進入永恆的生命。這和祂另一場合的教導,是吻合的,因祂說過:「誰如果遵行我的話, 永遠見不到死亡。」(若8:51)



John 11:19-27
(Please read Martha and Mary regarding Luke 10:38-42)

Today's gospel is the dialogue between Martha and Jesus when Jesus arrived after Lazarus has been dead for four days. Martha, Lazarus' sister, came to meet Jesus, and though a bit disappointed He didn't arrive in time, she was still hopeful, because she believed anything He asked of God, God will give Him.

When Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” She didn't disagree because she believed they will all resurrect in the last day. However Jesus meant Lazarus will rise immediately, and revealed a very important truth about Him: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

It is easy to understand that Jesus can heal the sick and those who believed in Him will have everlasting life, but what does he mean by “anyone who lives and believes in me will never die”? Though our body will perish, if we believe in Jesus and follow His way, we will enter an everlasting life, which is consistent with what He said earlier, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” (John 8:51)

Sometimes through our sufferings, God reveals His glory and attracts more people to Him. In Lazarus' example, it “is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Similar to Martha, we shall always trust in Him even at our hardest times, because God loves us. If Jesus asks you, “Do you believe this?” What will you answer?

“Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” Amen.