There is much to see in the story of Lazarus, and the dialogue that ensued.
There is a marked difference in the way Martha responded, and how her sister Mary looked at the same event.
“Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house.
Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
“Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
~ John 11:20~22
Martha sees this on a physical realm, “if you had been here”, what Jesus was striving to communicate that His life and authority are on a higher realm, that of Spirit.
Martha displays the understanding that Jesus is the Christ, and understands His authority to a degree, yet she does not see His as her Lord is the same way as her sister.
“She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.” John 11:27
From this story we see Martha’s response to Jesus’ arrival, and she displays a level of understanding that is indeed true, and sees her Lord as someone who will be of a benefit to her. This is of course true, yet there is more to this than meets the eye. Enter Mary, and her response, keeping in mind she is the one who anointed the Lords feet and head with the precious oil.
“Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
~ John 11:32
What is significant is Mary’s submission to Jesus as her Lord, she displays the deeper understanding of who Jesus is, and what He means to her life. Once again Mary’s example provides us a window into the Lords heart for us, to see Him as He truly is, in His fullness and our responsibility to allow Him to truly in Spirit and Truth be our Lord.
What also is very significant is the response of Jesus as Mary related to Him as her Lord, Jesus wept.
So the Jews were saying, “See how He loved him!” ~ John 11:35, 36
Jesus was deeply moved by Mary, and there is much to glean from this. As we move higher in our understanding of our Lord we actually minister to Him. For it is His deep desire for us to see Him as He is, and in this there is great joy, and this fills a hunger He has to be Loved as He Loves us. This is also our greatest joy, the meeting of hearts in Spirit and Truth.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,
and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
~ John 11: 25, 26
When Jesus stated that He is the resurrection and the Life, it meant here and now then, and it carries the same weight today. To believe in Him is to see His as He is The Lord Jesus Christ. Mary’s examples give us an image of just what this means.
Jesus as our Lord brings us through cycles of understanding, in this we find that we are constantly experiencing the death to what is false, “vain imaginations” and the renewal of our minds with Truth and Life.
Our soul life wants to set up camp at what we see and understand about our relationship with the Lord, yet His will is to break this perspective for a deeper, clearer and truer understanding. He will not force this upon us, yet when our hearts are truly open before Him, He will lead us to let go of what we have, for what He wants to give us. This is all a matter of faith, and trust in His Lordship.
When we look at this we can see what His statement meant as He addressed the woman at the well.
Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
“You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
~ John 4: 21~24
This is our Lords will, and in coming into harmony with His will we find our greatest joy, to know Him as Christ Jesus our Lord.