John 11:1-45

Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You. John 11:22

After Lazarus’s death, his sisters, Mary and Martha, were grief stricken. When Martha heard that Jesus had arrived, she went out to meet Him. Mary dealt with her feelings differently and stayed at home in seclusion. The death of a loved one can be intensely difficult to bear.

Both sisters struggled with their grief. They believed that that if Jesus had been with the family, Lazarus’s death would never have taken place. “Lord,” cried Martha, “if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You” (John 11:21-22).

The scene was touching. It was obvious that Martha had learned who was responsible for the restoration of life and that it was a gift God had given through His Son. She went one step further in her faith and believed that even though her brother was dead, Jesus could restore him.

Jesus went to Lazarus’s tomb and instructed those who were there to remove the stone covering, the opening to the burial chamber. Did Martha’s faith hesitate at Jesus’ command? “Lord…there will be a stench” (John 11:39 NASB).

If there was, Jesus was not bothered by it. The greater lesson had been achieved. She believed in His ability and trusted Him as her Lord. “Lazarus come forth,” was His command over the enemy of death. A few moments later, Lazarus emerged from the grave.

Lord, you are the Giver of eternal life. You are my Savior.

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